60 Ideas for Europe

One of the key obstacles to building an effective European foreign and security policy is the lack of definitive leadership in the EU. So, when a member state takes the presidency of the EU via the rotation system, draw in that country’s head of government for a six-month leadership term – based in Brussels.

The deputy leader of that particular country could hold the fort there for six months, which would probably be good for local democracy (though of course there would have to be strong mechanisms in place to return power after the leader’s Brussels sabbatical). The temporary EU president would have a strong mandate, and the time and resources to actually make a mark rather than the current ineffective balancing act between national and European duties.

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