It is high time that EU leaders drew a vision for the future of the Union, several pundits argued yesterday (16 October), as they urged heads of state and government meeting in Brussels to clearly spell out which direction the 27-countries bloc is going before the end of the year.
East and West Germany reunified on 3 October 1990, less than a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The historic event was described as EU "enlargement without accession" by Carlo Trojan, the European Commission's chief negotiator on Germany's reunification. He spoke to EurActiv Germany for the first time since those days.
"The unedifying spectacle of the 'ratification saga' and subsequent institutional patch-up [...] should lead us to ask again about the desirability of retaining the veto, which allows a single member state to paralyse the entire [European] Union," argues French think-tank Notre Europe in a December paper.
In an exclusive interview with EurActiv, former European Commission President Jacques Delors explained that there are parts of the Lisbon Treaty which he disagrees with or is less than favourable towards.
Beyond the enthusiasm provoked by the collapse of the Berlin Wall, France had to learn how to live with reunified Germany, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, former European Affaires Secretary, told EurActiv France in an exclusive interview.
Political analysts in Brussels are urging the next European Commission to be bolder and more strategic than it has been so far in proposing ways out of the crisis as it will have to ward off economic nationalism and win over EU governments and citizens.