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The EU needs to seize the Macron moment

The European Union is changing. As it emerges from the economic downturn, it is facing new challenges, including climate change, migration and Britain’s imminent departure from the bloc. The European Commission’s response, in March this year, was a White Paper on the Future of Europe, timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. But can the EU reform itself? In the first in a series of articles by Burson-Marsteller’s senior advisors on the future of Europe, David Harley considers how the political landscape in Europe is evolving.

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As Estonia takes the helm, the EU starts to look outwards

The European Union’s rotating presidency is no longer what it used to be. Treaty changes have kept the summits in Brussels and created the permanent EU Council President, the role currently occupied by Donald Tusk. But the switchover every six months is still a staging post, and with Malta handing over the presidency baton to Estonia on July 1, there is a sense that the EU is finally turning a page on one of its grimmest chapters.

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As the world order shifts, Europe raises its defence game

Vice Admiral Peter Hudson has been an Executive Royal Navy Board Member, Head of NATO’s Single Maritime HQ as well as the Senior UK Officer in NATO operational command. He was also Head of EU Forces in the Indian Ocean. He is Burson-Marsteller’s Senior Advisor on defence and security.

In Brussels and other capitals across the European Union, the twin votes of 2016 were the shocks that prompted them to switch gears on defence and security. The British referendum to leave the EU and the election of Donald Trump as US President, they argue, jolted European leaders into action, finally agreeing to do something about their overlapping, underperforming and wasteful defence policies.

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G7 Italy: all eyes on Taormina

The 43rd G7 summit will be held on May 26-27 in Taormina, Sicily. It brings together the Heads of State and Government of the world’s seven most industrialised economies: United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Canada. President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will be representing the European Union.

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