Bravo, President Macron for laying out your vision for Europe! The future has always belonged to visionaries capable of making concreate proposals that lead to action and then progress. So “yes” to the three proposals: to the protection of democracy, to a common defense, and to pro-active governance. Like all worthwhile visions, these proposals will be contested and meet much criticism – which is necessary to help sharpen the focus and increase chances of success for the European project. What we need now is a coalition of the willing in a dual sense: willing to carry the vision forward - and willing to bear the consequences knowing that any political payoff may be years away!
Helmut K. Anheier
Helmut K. Anheier, Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, is Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.