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Deloitte Future Talk podcast series

What does the future hold in store?

Join us as we interview subject matter experts, successful entrepreneurs and business leaders from Switzerland and abroad. Each episode offers opinions and discussion around future trends including technology, digitalisation, disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship, and shares insights from industry experts. Find out more about how they view the future, what their vision is, how they are actively designing the future and what that means for us.

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Podcast episode 010 - Herman Van Rompuy: The future of Europe

Our special guest is Mr Van Rompuy, Former President of the European Council. Mr Van Rompuy has had an impressive career in national and European politics, serving as both President of the European Council and Prime Minister of Belgium before taking up his current position as President of the European Policy Centre. He was active in politics at a young age, acting as National Vice President of his party's youth council, before going on to hold various posts within the party and in the Belgian Parliament. At the time of his first appointment as President of the European Council in 2009, he was Prime Minister of Belgium, and was the first full-time President to take office when the Lisbon Treaty came into force. In 2015, King Philippe II of Belgium anointed him Earl.

In this episode of Future Talk, Mr Van Rompuy talks about his love of poetry, explains how he became prime minister and how he was prepared to play the role of President of the European Council. He analyses the various crises that Europe has undergone over the past decade, explains his thoughts on the Europe of tomorrow and what reforms are needed today. He argues why he is optimistic about Brexit negotiations and explains the similarities between the EU and Switzerland.

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