European Political Community – Revival of an unrealized idea for European confederation

Authors:Ingrid Shikova
Date:February 2023
Document type:Academic articles

Challenging times stimulate the emergence of new ideas or the revival of existing but unrealized ideas. Such an idea is the creation of a European Political Community, launched by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, during the closing ceremony of the Conference on the Future of Europe on May 9, 2022. On October 6, 2022, the inauguration of the European political community took place in Prague with the participation of 44 heads of governments – EU Member states, candidate countries, countries that are not members and do not wish to be members of the EU, as well as the United Kingdom, which left the EU in 2020. Will Francois Mitterrand’s idea of a European confederation be revived? Can we learn from the failure of this proposal in the 1990s? In this analysis, answers will be sought to questions related to the idea of creating a European Political Community – is it necessary, does it really have a future, what would be its purpose, which countries would be members of such a construction, what would be the criteria for participation in it, how it could function institutionally, etc.

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