If change is coming to Europe, it will be in 2019. Not only is Brexit due (in theory) in March but there will also be European Parliament elections in May; a new president of the European Commission; new presidents of the European Council and the European Central Bank (ECB), not to mention the fact that the EU’s next five-year budget plan (the “Multiannual Financial Framework”) will be up for negotiation.
The path the EU follows over the next five years will be chosen in 2019. The stakes are high. The Trump administration in the United States been breaking taboos when it comes to the post-war international order, and global geopolitics is in a state of flux. Fear and uncertainty over the future, the relentless march of automation and other new technologies, coupled with concerns about migration and employment, are creating a dangerous mix. In some EU member states, populist-led governments seem intent on forcing a showdown with “Brussels”, which they paint as disconnected from ordinary Europeans.
What will 2019 bring for Europe? Will hope win out over fear and anger? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!