EU is in an ‘existential crisis.’
WHAT MADE EU TO THIS SITUATION? Brexit, migrant crisis, Islamophobia, Eurozone woes and terrorist attacks.
WHAT CAN BE DONE ? ‘The Bratislava Declaration’ BD - offers a road map for the next six months, on migration, border security, counter-terrorism, defence and economic and social development, providing political backing to measures.
ACTION PLAN FROM BD:
funding for strategic investments across the region,
establishing a common capital market across the EU and
acquiring advanced traveller information to secure borders.
ARMY : Member-states move towards pooling and centralising their defence and diplomatic resources. Pros : defence procurement and operational efficiency and capabilities. Cons : Is it overreach ?
must find a creative, humane and effective solution to receive and resettle refugees
VIABLE SOLUTION :
Focus on your strength : EU = focussing on the big picture and on areas where it has a comparative advantage - letting national governments take the lead in others.
DISCUSS : to engage more rigorously with their citizens on EU issues — explaining policies and their outcomes, collecting feedback, and inviting ideas.