Issue Brief on “Macron Sets Out His New Vision for the EU”

On September 26, 2017 the French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech at Sorbonne University in Paris in which he proposed extensive EU reforms and laid out a new vision for the Europe of 2024.

In his 90 minute speech, Macron stated that he wants to see a “sovereign, democratic and unified Europe” with enhanced security cooperation, a common asylum policy to deal with the migrant crisis and a unified social policy.[1] His proposals for a strong Europe include giving a common finance minister, parliament and a bigger budget to the 19-member eurozone which at first would be financed by climate change related levies and tougher taxes on internet giants, but later on from national budgets.[2] He also wants to organize “democratic conventions” across Europe by next year to give the Europeans more say in determining the future path of the continent.[3]

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