“The European Council and Europe’s Magic Lantern”, Nicoletta Pirozzi (IAI, Italy)

The July European Council resulted in a good deal, arguably the best possible under the circumstances. It took four days and more than 90 hours of negotiation to reach an agreement on the Next Generation EU package, proposed by the Commission to help the Union address the economic and social consequences of the crisis, and the next 2021–2027 budget. The summit has worked like a magic lantern, outlining the possible scenarios for Italy and Europe in the future. Achieving them will require insight, political courage and citizen support.

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