On Tuesday 26 September 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron presented his ideas for a new EU. Speaking to students of the Sorbonne in Paris, he proposed a common budget for the Eurozone, greater European military cooperation, and a renewal of Franco-German friendship. But would his ideas work in practice?
Macron’s vision is bold and ambitious. He could be setting himself up for a humiliating defeat, but he’s willing to take the chance. This approach worked well for him in the French presidential election campaign, but can he do it again on the European stage? And what exactly would his plan entail? Der Spiegel has summarised the main points as follows:
- A European budget for defence and foreign operations, with soldiers from EU countries being able to join other national armies.
- A common budget for the 19 Eurozone countries, intended for investment and crisis situations.
- Completion of the Single Market and harmonisation of taxes.
- Greater co-operation between European intelligence agencies, a European Civil Protection Agency to help deal with natural disasters, and a common European border police.
- A common EU programme for the training and support of refugees.
- Raising the minimum price for greenhouse gas emissions.
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