What role should Southern Europe play after the pandemic and the war in Ukraine? Towards a shared agenda for EU reform

Pol Morillas Bassedas, Thomas Gomart, Ferdinando Nelli Feroc, George Pagoulatos, Nuno Severiano Teixeira, Charles Powell, Filippa Chatzistavrou, Carme Colomina, Patrícia Daehnhardt, Francesca Leso, Ignácio Molina, Héctor Sánchez Margalef, Dorothée Schmid, Asli Selin Okyay, Eduard Soler i Lecha

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Abstract

Relations between southern European member states
have often been marked by a loose cooperation or,
worse, by logics of competition. Precisely when regional
groupings within the EU are increasingly shaping the
agenda, these dynamics have hindered the capacity
of France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain to pursue
shared interests and objectives, while acting as a force
for good for the European integration project. Recent
events such as the post-pandemic recovery or the war in
Ukraine show that, when cooperation occurs, positive
results can be achieved.
Southern member states can capitalise on a certain
ideological affinity and a pro-European vision, despite
their governments belonging to different political
groups. They share converging interests in the areas
of fiscal policy and economic governance, strategic
autonomy in energy and technology and even foreign
policy priorities, particularly towards the Mediterranean
and relations with other global powers. This joint
publication by six southern European think tanks
identifies several policy areas for fruitful cooperation
between southern European member states.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalCIDOB Notes Internacionals
Issue number271
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

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