A new EU or same old, same old?
Will this summer see a new Europe or the return to the “good old continent"? What are the challenges for our profession and our clients?
It will not have been easy but finally, Ursula von der Leyen was elected as head of the Commission and Christine Lagarde took the lead at the ECB, leading some commentators speaking about a new Europe.
But beyond the symbolism represented by these two nominations, should we anticipate a real renewal of the European Union - and what can we, as professionals, and our clients expect from the new team?
Our continent bears both the name of a Phoenician princess first loved by Zeus, and then given by him to another, and that of an icy moon of Jupiter. Will our new leaders prevent us from ending up as an abandoned and forgotten land of the Gods and bring us, after Brexit, to - at least economically - equal play with the other great powers?
What should we expect? A change in European policy and strategy or an extension of the one already implemented?
An analysis of the past 5 main leaders of the Union and the President of ECON, the commission which mostly deals with the subjects which concern us, is quite instructive...