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Europe needs Rethinking

Five interesting views regarding EU institutions' needed and well-accepted reform.


That the EU and its institutions need reform is accepted by many politicians and European dignities. The question is how to handle it? European Business Review bundled five different and interesting views in this special report. Not to present a manual how to reform but as an exchange of important views on the subject.

N. Peter Kramer
Editor-in-chief


Meeting the expectations of its citizens will require the French state to become more effective.

Four principles for an effective state

Reforms are urgent, but difficult. To achieve them, a four-pronged approach is required: restructuring, competition, evaluation and accountability.

To break out of the current economic impasse, a bold, coordinated Franco-German strategy is needed.

France and Germany: a moment of truth

France and Germany, which together account for half of euro-area GDP, are rightly considered the key to the euro area’s exit from the current impasse of low growth, falling inflation and increasingly dangerous debt trajectories.

During his campaign for the Presidency of the European Commission, one of his promises was that he would start a European investment programme of 300 billion Euro for the next three years.

Jean-Claude Juncker: the man of 300 (?) billion

In the last week of November President Juncker presented his €315 billion programme, called the European Fund for Strategic Investments, for increasing small-business lending and investments in roads, renewable energy, schools and other public services.

Perhaps never in the history of the European Union has there been a greater mismatch between the need for reform and the political capital available to enact that reform.

The Eerie Silence Before the EU Reform Storm

The current combination of challenges facing the EU is extreme, even by the union’s crisis-ridden standards. That calls for an equally momentous reform effort.

The start of the EU’s 2014-2019 legislative term offers a unique opportunity to rethink Europe’s future political priorities.

What’s needed is a much more visionary EU industrial policy

Over the next five years, economic growth will mainly be generated outside Europe, so the key challenge will be to fashion and implement an industrial policy that strengthens Europeans’ global competitiveness and preserves our high living standards.

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