Kaloyan Simeonov, associate professor in EU policies:
Europe has always coped with crises, it has the resilience to do it again
Nadia Ilieva
Two-speed Europe or European Union has entered the vernacular of politicians and analysts and the even stronger term ‘multi-speed’ EU is being used with increasing frequency. Taken to the extreme, any concept could pose a threat to the future of the EU. If Member States started picking and choosing when it comes to implementing the EU law or making decisions ‘? la carte’, it would no longer be an integrated union. On the other hand, in a bloc of 27 or 28 countries widely differing in level of economic and social development moving with the same speed is impossible.
The best kind of deal is the one that allows the trade to be as open as possible, and it will be very problematic if we see Customs again
Maria Koleva, Brussels
It is clear that Trump has a very different view on the EU than any other of his predecessors. I wouldn’t necessarily call it hostile to the EU, but he is certainly indifferent to it. He has given the impression that he really couldn’t care less if the EU collapsed.
Policymakers should question the Commission whether the fund is attaining its goal, as extending it at this early stage is probably not the best strategy
Maria Koleva, Brussels
We have to look at the latest regulation that is now in force and we have to understand that the co-legislator has envisaged the discussion about an extension in 2018.