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French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the Conference on the Future of Europe. French president Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech during the Conference on the Future of Europe, in Strasbourg, France, May 9, 2022 (AP photo by Jean-Francois Badias).

The EU Braces for a New Fight—Over Treaties

Thursday, May 12, 2022

While Europe gets ready to tune into this year’s Eurovision Song Contest taking place Saturday in Turin, Italy, European Union officials in Brussels are engaged in a competition of their own: to spin the outcome of the recently concluded Conference on the Future of Europe that EU leaders say will shape the future of the 27-member union.

The conference, which had been running for the past year, consisted of citizens’ groups that contributed policy proposals for reforming the EU, which were presented to EU leaders at its close on Monday. The brainchild of French President Emmanuel Macron, who conceived of it during his first presidential campaign in 2017, it was described by the European Commission as “a transparent, inclusive and structured debate with European citizens about the issues that are of relevance to them and for their future.” ...

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