Futuribles Journal n° 423

Économie, emploi - Institutions

Two Voices for Europe: Towards a Revival of the European Union

A change has been underway in Europe for some months now. In the context of the announcement of the UK’s departure from the European Union and weakened US leadership from an unpredictable president, the voice of the EU may well assume particular significance and begin to resonate internationally. If we add to this encouraging prospects for economic growth and a proactive attitude on the part of the presidents of the European Commission and France, it does not seem far-fetched to dream of a genuine revival of the European project.

This at least is hinted at by Catherine Vielledent in this article, drawing on two speeches from last September by Jean-Claude Juncker and Emmanuel Macron, which both seem to be moving in the direction of such a stimulus to the Union and to European (economic, social, monetary etc.) integration. This article highlights the respective proposals of the two presidents on this question, their points of convergence and the perspectives they open up for the EU. It also stresses the need not to miss the window of opportunity, the next European elections being scheduled for a little over a year from now, in May 2019.

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