EU elections

Reform proposals by Emmanuel Macron and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Just in time for the upcoming EU elections (23rd – 26th may, 2019) the French President Emmanuel Macron appealed directly to the European people with clear ideas for a reformed European Union. Concrete proposals in the area of social affairs, asylum and security policy were made.

One of his proposals included increased military spending, an operational mutual defense clause and the establishment of an European security council that would tie in Great Britain as well. In addition he mentioned a common border police and an European asylum office with a common set of rules in terms of recognition and rejection. Furthermore Emmanuel Macron called for a Europe-wide basic social security and a European minimum salary.

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) reacted to this appeal a week later. AKK aligned with Emmanuel Macron on the establishment of a European security council and on sharing a common border force. In the same breath she called for a permanent European seat on the United Nations Security Council meaning that France would have to give up its national seat.

AKK rejected the idea for a Europe-wide minimum salary on the grounds that promoting the convergence would be a better approach to create equal living conditions within the EU.

After all it remains to be seen how the EU elections will turn out and whether further ideas for a restructuring of the EU will be proposed.