France & Germany on strike — Commission Legal Chief, Daniel Calleja Crespo

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The worst strikes and protests in decades bring both France and Germany to a standstill this week. Is this just the beginning of Europe’s cost of living crisis? Our special guest is Director General of the Commission Legal services, Daniel Calleja.

Host Suzanne Lynch is joined by POLITICO’s Senior France Correspondent, Clea Caulcutt and Chief Europe Correspondent, Matt Karnitschnig to delve into the forces driving unrest in France following President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms. They ask if the worst transport strikes to hit Germany in decades are a sign of things to come for a less economically affluent Europe? And wonder if a visit from Britain’s King Charles might provide some welcome distraction. 

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We also hear from the man in charge of “the best law firm in Brussels” – Daniel Calleja, who has held a number of top Commission posts in more than thirty years with the institution.