The European Political Community’s Appeal Could Also Be Its Weakness

The European Political Community’s Appeal Could Also Be Its Weakness
French President Emmanuel Macron gestures while posing for a group photo during a meeting of the European Political Community at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, Oct 6, 2022 (AP photo by Darko Bandic).

French President Emmanuel Macron’s pet project, the European Political Community, held its inaugural summit in Prague, Czech Republic, this week. The gathering marked a diplomatic success for Macron, who had floated the idea of a forum comprising all of Europe’s democracies, both inside and outside the European Union, back in May.

Coming at a time when calls for admitting Ukraine into the EU through an expedited accession procedure were gaining momentum, Macron’s proposal was initially criticized for being disingenuous. The French president had already made waves in 2019 when he hit the brakes on EU accession for the Western Balkans states. This seemed like another way to placate Ukraine and those other states without actually addressing their EU aspirations—a parking lot in which candidate states would languish while their accession processes dragged on endlessly, formalizing the two-tier Europe that has taken shape since the last EU expansion in the mid-2000s.

That Macron introduced his idea in the context of yet another of his bold and grandiose initiatives—the closing conference of a citizens’ assembly to propose EU treaty reforms—underscored another criticism: that his proposed new forum would be both too vague and too ambitious. An institution so large and heterogeneous would be doomed to being nothing but a talk shop, with little chance of effective action.

Keep reading for free!

Get instant access to the rest of this article by submitting your email address below. You'll also get access to three articles of your choice each month and our free newsletter:

Or, Subscribe now to get full access.

Already a subscriber? Log in here .

What you’ll get with an All-Access subscription to World Politics Review:

A WPR subscription is like no other resource — it’s like having a personal curator and expert analyst of global affairs news. Subscribe now, and you’ll get:

  • Immediate and instant access to the full searchable library of tens of thousands of articles.
  • Daily articles with original analysis, written by leading topic experts, delivered to you every weekday.
  • Regular in-depth articles with deep dives into important issues and countries.
  • The Daily Review email, with our take on the day’s most important news, the latest WPR analysis, what’s on our radar, and more.
  • The Weekly Review email, with quick summaries of the week’s most important coverage, and what’s to come.
  • Completely ad-free reading.

And all of this is available to you when you subscribe today.

More World Politics Review