Handling globalisation should be the EU’s new ‘raison d’être’ to address the public’s ‘EU fatigue’, argues France’s European Affairs minister.
The crash of the Constitutional treaty was blamed on several more or less connected issues:
- The 2004 enlargement was badly explained to the public and thus not accepted;
- uncertainty about the limits of the EU and resistance to future enlargement, in particular Turkey, in some countries;
- fear of economic and social pressure from globalisation;
- the service directive and fear of social dumping, and;
- distrust in the national political classes and the EU in general.