[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quarta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2018

Davos waiting to hear ‘the EU is back’

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive on the first day of the European Council Meeting in Brussels, 19 October 2017. European leaders meet in Brussels on 19 and 20 October 2017

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.

Juncker to attend Davos forum for the first time in two decades

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month for the first time in two decades, as Europe wants to reclaim its role as a champion of multilateralism after years absorbed by its numerous crises.

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.

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