Brainstorming on future of Europe in Brussels
Wednesday 18 April 2012
The long-term future of the EU, after the crisis is over, will yet again be the main topic of an informal and free-flowing discussion between several foreign affairs ministers, on 19 April in Brussels. One of the main goals of this meeting, and the ones to follow, is to identify the areas where ‘more Europe’ is needed. The first such discussion, in March, was initiated by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. The brainstorming had served to open up the debate, highlighting the limits of the Community method but also taking a definite pro-European integration stance with ideas such as the extension of the EU’s competences to taxation or creating a European army floating around. The meeting was attended by foreign affairs ministers from Italy, Spain, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. France and Denmark, though they were invited, could not attend at ministerial level. This time it is expected that Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders will enlarge the circle to the East, with probable participation of a Baltic state and another Eastern European country.