EIRP Proceedings, Vol 14, No 1 (2019)

Macron’s Manifest to a New EU between Populism and Utopia

Romeo Victor Ionescu, Monica Laura Zlati, Valentin Marian Antohi


The paper realises a critical approach on the latest President Macron’s political manifest. The literature review in the paper and the economic analysis led to different conclusions than Macron proposed. The economic approach in the paper is based on comparative analysis and regression. The analysis takes into consideration the four goals proposed by Macron: improving economic competition; protecting the EU values and borders; improving social protection; and fighting against pollution and climate changes. This analysis is supported by the latest official statistical data, by pertinent tables and diagrams. The main conclusion of the analysis is that Macron’s reform document is just a political one. The economic reality points out that divergence is greater than convergence across the EU27.


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