With over 1,900 world business leaders gathered in Davos, the pervasive talk in the Alpine resort is the worrying fragmentation of the EU’s spirit and structure both at an inter-state and national level.
Restoring Europe’s shared purpose will be neither easy nor simple. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who will address businessmen and politicians on Thursday 25 January, a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, will have to reassure his Commission has the tools at hand.
Right now the EU seems to be at a tipping point with the exact same percentage of public trust and distrust, noted Xavier Mesnard, partner of the global management consultancy A.T. Kearney, quoting a 2017 survey by Chatham House.
“The EU elites have done little to close the widening schisms,” he said.