The European Parliament has adopted a set of three resolutions exploring the future development of the European Union. One of the rapporteurs, Guy Verhofstadt, explains why it is urgent to do an in-depth reform given the challenges the EU is facing.
Europe is at a crossroads and is undergoing an existential crisis. Not only outside, but also inside. Inside, we are under the threat of populists and nationalists. Outside there is Trump, who even believes that Europe will disintegrate further. There is Putin who wants to divide the European Union and at the same time is this external threat of the political, radical Islam. Member States have always feared an in-depth reform of the Union. But let's face the reality: they're all with their back against the wall. So, it's now the moment to reform the European Union, to make it a real Union and not a loose confederation of Nation States still based on unanimity rule, always acting too little, too late. You cannot govern a continent like Europe, if you still need the approval of all 28 Member States So that's the first thing to do. Then a smaller, less bureaucratic real European government, not a Commission of 28, but a small Commission. And then also a European Defence Union, because there is a threat from outside the Union. We see it in our neighborhood, in Ukraine, in Syria. We need also a European Border and Coast Guard to really manage the migration flows. I think that there is no other solution for Europe than to do these in-depth reforms we are proposing. Because otherwise, we are going to disintegrate further. It happened already with Brexit. Other countries could follow. We don't want a number of institutional reforms in the Union because we like institutional reforms We want them because we think that we will have better instruments on the European level to tackle the challenge that people are seeing today.