A Plea for the German Presidency: Invest boldly and smartly in the Future of Europe

Improving global governance
Posted Jul 05, 2020 | Elcano Institute, NicolettaPirozzi, Funda Tekin, lke Toygür

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in the European project affecting its ability to respond to citizens’ needs, and posing a question for the EU’s survival. Germany has the task not only of guiding the Union out of this health crisis, but of encouraging it to design a credible strategy for longer-term reform. To do so, the German Presidency must strengthen the EU’s role in a post-pandemic world. In their Expert Comment for the Elcano Institute, Nicoletta Pirozzi, Funda Tekin and lke Toygür argue that this requires adhering to Europe’s core values: democracy, rule of law, human rights, freedom and equality. A consensus on the rule of law is a fundamental precondition for the future of the EU. 



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