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Smart Take | Ursula von der Leyen on the State of the European Union

Smart Take | Ursula von der Leyen on the State of the European Union

September 14, 20232:09

Robin Quinville, Director of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, comments on Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the European Union speech, which focused on how the EU can remain competitive in the future. Quinville talks about the importance of maintaining a solid, skilled labor supply, continuing to tackle inflation, and reducing the amount of bureaucracy that companies face when doing business in Europe. She also discusses challenges related to China’s state subsidies in the electric vehicle market and the future possibility of expanding EU membership.


Robin Quinville

Robin S. Quinville

Director, Global Europe Program
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The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, US-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. We investigate European approaches to critical global issues: digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance. We also examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our program activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more