As Europe’s leaders meet in Moldova, the potential of the European Political Community to contribute to security and foster connection across the continent is becoming ever clearer. In May last year, French president Emmanuel Macron took many observers by surprise with his detail-light suggestion for a “European Political Community” (EPC). Commentators and policymakers alike were sceptical, with many questioning the format’s purpose and its ability to take root. Yet, as leaders from across Europe meet for the second EPC summit in Chisinau, it is evident that a forum for bilateral and minilateral meetings and initiative such as this could contribute to more security and connectedness for EU member states and their non-EU neighbours.
Date:1 June 2023