Challenges and new beginnings: Priorities for the EU's new leadership

30 September 2014
László Andor (Senior Adviser to EPC on employment and the EMU), Paweł Świeboda (President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy), Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World), Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies), Heather Grabbe (Director, Open Society European Policy Institute), Malcolm Harbour (Senior Adviser to EPC on the Single Market), Paul Ivan (Senior Policy Analyst), Jo Leinen (Member of the European Parliament), Cecilia Malmström (European Commissioner for Home Affairs), George Pagoulatos (Professor of European Politics and Economy, Athens University of Economics & Business), Maria João Rodrigues (Member of the European Parliament), Daniela Schwarzer (Director, Europe Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)), Radoslaw Sikorski (Marshal of the Sejm (Polish Parliament)), Alexander Stubb (Prime Minister of Finland), Herman Van Rompuy (EPC President) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

There has been a lot of attention on the current transition of power taking place in Brussels. The new EU leadership will be confronted with a number of internal and external challenges. They will have deal with economic stagnation, the negative effects of fragmentation and the need to increase the Union's legitimacy. There is no better moment to take stock of the ‘state of the Union’ and to look ahead into the next European political cycle (2014-2019), focusing not on personalities but on content: what challenges do we face and what should the EU focus on in the coming years? These new beginnings will encounter new challenges, and who better understands the issues than some of the key players in European politics. Challenge Europe brings these players together and explores what social, political and economic challenges are facing Europe, and its’ citizens.

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