The EU is 25 years old. It was born on 7 February 1992, when the Treaty of Maastricht was signed by 12 European heads of state and government. Now, admittedly, it’s not the happiest birthday ever; the EU is beset by all sorts of challenges (including a messy divorce with Great Britain).
Nevertheless, this is a good opportunity to reflect about the future. One of our most popular debates of 2016 asked readers to tell us what they thought Europe should look like in twenty years. So, as the EU closes its eyes, blows out its candles and makes a wish, what sort of future should it hope for?
EU leaders are asking themselves the exact same question. Of course, the process of European integration is much older than just 25 years. The 60-year-anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, establishing the European Economic Community (the precursor to the EU), also takes place this year. In March, the European Commission has said it will publish a White Paper on its future vision for the EU, including reforms to the Euro and ways to better manage the “political and democratic challenges” facing Europe.
25 years since Maastricht, where does the EU go from here? What should be in the European Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!