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Enrico Letta

Enrico Letta

Vice President of the Jacques Delors Institut, Dean of the School of International Affairs at ...
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Yves Bertoncini

Yves Bertoncini has been Director of the Jacques Delors Institute since April 2011. He assists the ...
Josep Borrell Fontelles

Josep Borrell Fontelles

President of the European University Institute in Florence, former President of the European ...
Jean-Louis Bourlanges

Jean-Louis Bourlanges

Former Member of the European Parliament (1989-2007) (UDF - EPP), he was the President of the ...
Laurent Cohen-Tanugi

Laurent Cohen-Tanugi

Laurent Cohen-Tanugi is vice president and treasurer of the Jacques Delors Institute. Graduate of ...
Pavel Fischer

Pavel Fischer

Pavel Fischer served as Chief of Political Affairs for Vaclav Havel from 1999 to 2003. He acted as ...
Nicole Gnesotto

Nicole Gnesotto

A former deputy chief of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry's think tank,the Centre d'Analyse et de ...
Riccardo Perissich

Riccardo Perissich

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“Brexit”: a British drama, a challenge for the EU

on July 22, 2016, 12:14
Tribune - Enrico Letta, Yves Bertoncini, Josep Borrell Fontelles, Jean-Louis Bourlanges, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi, Pavel Fischer, Nicole Gnesotto and Riccardo Perissich

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The British people’s decisive vote in favour of leaving the European Union has triggered a myriad of different reactions which we need to put into focus on the basis of a few simple considerations: the “Brexit” is first and foremost a British drama; it is the result of a national democratic choice that is a specific, unique case; and it constitutes an additional challenge for the EU, whose supporters need to better assert why we are stronger together.

The Jacques Delors Institute takes a stand in this Viewpoint and focuses on 3 main issues:
1. The “Brexit” is primarily a British drama: render unto Shakespeare that which is Shakespeare’s
2. The “Brexit” is a national democratic choice, thus a specific case
3. The “Brexit” must encourage emphasis on why we are stronger together

The EU does not only need firemen, summoned by the “Brexit” to fight the blaze of a new crisis: its next step forward requires more than ever the mobilisation of architects and of prophets capable of restoring a compass and a soul to this unparalleled Union, forged in postwar grief but still making perfect sense in a globalised world for young people and future generations.

This Viewpoint is also available in French and German.

A shorter version was already published in Euractiv.comHuffingtonPost.de (Germany), Le Figaro (France), La Repubblica (Italy), To Vima (Greece), La Vanguardia (Spain).
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