Relaunching Europe? – A midterm review of the Italian EU Presidency

IMG_0391The European Union is currently confronted with numerous challenges that, at least to many of its citizens, seem insurmountable. The slow recovery from the economic crisis, high unemployment rates in large parts of Europe and also the conflict with Russia over Ukraine, to name just a few, render concerted action by the European Union’s member states absolutely necessary. In this context, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union plays a major role. Since July 1st 2014, Italy has held this position and has thus been in charge of brokering inter-institutional compromise between the Commission, Parliament and Council as well as among the member states. Most importantly, the presidency also gives Italy the chance to put issues on the agenda of the Council that it considers to be of primary importance.

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