CiConsulta Geopolitics 2020 Forecast – The EU will become more outward looking, but just a little bit

epa08078876 European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech at a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 18 December 2019. The European Parliament is in plenary session from 16 to 19 December 2019. EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

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For the first time in a long time, the new European Commission will look to flex its muscles outside of Europe’s borders by becoming a truly ‘geopolitical commission’. The problem is that the EU’s foreign policy initiatives are constrained by the national interests of the member states. More often than not, any actions taken are watered down considerably by the time all 28 (soon 27) member states agree. Von der Leyen will push to improve this, but will face dogged resistance. Expect a little progress, but the operative word there is little.

The 2019 Brussels View Point European Moments can be accessed here. 

2020 will be a lot of things, interesting is certainly one of them. But you don’t have to worry about it, that is our job. If you want to know where things are going, you won’t find a better source than the team at CiConsulta.

In the meantime, let me take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.

CiConsulta’s GeoPolitics Advisor Matthew Bugeja’s forecast for 2020 can be read here .

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