Council for the Future of Europe Counters Populists

The council chaired by Mario Monti releases point-by-point rebuttal of prominent populist criticisms of the EU

ROME--()--In the face of growing momentum of populist movements across Europe, the Council for the Future of Europe stands as a pro-European voice in support of a strong and integrated Europe.

The Council for the Future of Europe, which is organized by the Berggruen Institute on Governance, has today published “Populism vs. the Interests of the People,” an analysis of the most prominent populist criticisms of the EU accompanied by cogent counterarguments for each point. The topics considered range from the populists’ attack on immigrants to their advocacy for stronger ties to Putin’s Russia.

“The pro-European voice is largely absent from the political dialogue in many regions of Europe,” said Mario Monti, the Chairman of the Council. “There need to be sensible, evidence-based responses to the criticisms put forward by the populists.”

It is the aspiration of the Council that the ideas in the document will gain ground among undecided voters by providing a reference for politicians and the media in dialogue with populist candidates.

About the Council for the Future of Europe:

The Council for the Future of Europe was established in 2011 by the Berggruen Institute on Governance to debate and advocate ways forward for a united Europe. It is chaired by former Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti, and includes many leaders from government and civil society throughout Europe. The group advocates greater political integration within Europe, which would take the form of greater fiscal consolidation within Europe, wider powers for the European Central Bank, and the engagement of European citizens.

About the Berggruen Institute on Governance:

The Berggruen Institute on Governance is an independent, non-partisan, think and action tank, dedicated to the design and implementation of new ideas of good governance. To this end, the Institute engages cutting edge entrepreneurs, global thinkers and political leaders from around the world as key participants in our projects, drawing from practices in both East and West that can be brought to bear on the common challenges of globalization in the 21st century.

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Council for the Future of Europe
Heather Bailey, +32(0)2 28 45450
heather.bailey@europarl.europa.eu

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Council for the Future of Europe
Heather Bailey, +32(0)2 28 45450
heather.bailey@europarl.europa.eu