The next European elections will take place from 23rd to 26th May 2019 in the 27 Member States of the European Union, focusing on many political, economic and democratic themes. The present forecasts show a more complicated situation than that described of a fight between the "progressive" and "nationalist" forces.
On 23rd October Bruno Le Maire went to the European Parliament and on 26th October to Berlin to explain why he wants a tax on digital services, which has already been greatly debated within the EU's Council of Ministers, advocating its establishment at the end of the year. The French Finance and Economy Minister believes that it is a matter of protecting the internal market and of ensuring Europe's sovereignty.
A year after the Social Summit of Göteborg, the construction of social Europe still has a long way to go. The European Commission has launched several areas of work it would like to complete before the end of the legislature and is preparing the introduction of the European Labour Authority. Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner lays out in detail what Europe is doing from the social point of view and employment.
The meeting between European leaders in Salzburg on migration gave rise neither to breakthroughs or breakdowns. This informal summit also illustrated the mistrust felt vis-à-vis London, which is creating additional uncertainty regarding the negotiation result, whilst time is pressing and the deadline of 29th March 2019 draws closer. In Michael Leigh's opinion however the Salzburg Summit might have provided the salutary shock for Brexit and have recalled the urgency in providing new impetus to negotiations as they enter their final phase.
It is tempting to appeal to the irrationality, demagogy, impulsivity or incompetence of the part of the American President. But whilst it tends neither to the establishment of pure and simple protectionism or isolationism, it is more fruitful to question the logic behind the trade policy which places Europe before a strategic dilemma.