Wanted: a vision for Europe’s future
Posted by hkarner - 6. März 2017
Source: The Economist
President François Hollande of France is an unpopular lame duck, Germany’s Angela Merkel has been in power for a decade, Italy’s Paolo Gentiloni is an interim prime minister and Spain’s Mariano Rajoy is a second-timer leading a minority government.
Today these grizzled veterans will meet in the magnificent halls of Versailles to try to find a way to put a fresh and exciting face on the European Union.
The EU celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and desperately needs to come up with a forward-looking vision to counter the rising tide of Eurosceptic populism. Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Commission, presented some ideas in a white paper last week. They include co-operating more on defence, infrastructure and migration—or perhaps doing the opposite, stepping back to let member states’ governments do more. Today’s meeting will certainly produce ringing denunciations of nationalism—but that is no substitute for a concrete and compelling vision of the future.