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Rem Koolhaas reflects on future of Europe

Source: Netherlands national news agency

On Thursday (16 October) EU leaders approved a 12-member group headed by former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez and tasked with reflecting on how best to deal with Europe's future challenges.

Initiator of this gathering is the French president Nicolas Sarkozy. President Sarkozy's ulterior motive for a discussion about the borders of Europe is his own unwillingness to let Turkey join the EU. This last issue is rejected by the other EU leaders.

Members of the 'reflection' group are Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Letland's former president Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Finnish Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila, the Polish former president Lech Walesa and the Italian former EU commissary Mario Monti.

The former prime minister of Spain, Felipe Gonzalez will be the Chairman. The group will report on the future in 2010.