Workers prepare Sibiu, Romania’s main square before an informal EU summit

After the Great Fear: The EU’s Sibiu agenda

  • EU leaders felt relieved to avoid a populist wave in the European Parliament elections
  • Their new hand-picked team inherits the same formula of redistribution and regulation
  • Further inertia in Brussels will only breed more discontent among EU citizens

The main takeaway from May’s European Parliament elections is that the populist wave failed to rock the boat. Certainly, populist agendas won in important European Union member states such as France, Hungary and, to some extent, Italy. Yet these victories were hardly explained by strong anti-EU or anti-euro agendas. Instead, the results at the ballot box revealed the weakness of the populists’ more established opponents (here the misfortunes of Emmanuel Macron and Silvio Berlusconi are instructive) and how the public felt about domestic issues, such as security and immigration. Nobody cared about quantitative easing, the EU budget, policy toward large corporations, the 10 billion-euro annual cost of the EU bureaucracy, or the enormous boondoggle that is the Common Agricultural Policy (which accounts for about 36 percent of EU spending).

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Professor Enrico Colombatto
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What's inside
  • EU leaders felt relieved to avoid a populist wave in the European Parliament elections
  • Their new hand-picked team inherits the same formula of redistribution and regulation
  • Further inertia in Brussels will only breed more discontent among EU citizens
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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