Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs
Task Force Report on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and Doing Less More Efficiently: Discussion
Dr. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan:
But it is an alternative vision for the future of Europe. Macron is very much pitching the European campaign now along the lines of him together with Merkel pushing for a more integrated Europe on certain issues like defence and fiscal integration to develop the economic and monetary union, versus Orbán, Kasinsky, Babiš, Salvini and Conte in Italy and so on. I understand what the Deputy is saying. When I did my interviews at the European Commission in 2015, all I heard was that there was a strong feeling in member states that the European Commission is German, that it is a German Commission offering German solutions to the economic recession and no other country has a voice. We need them to have those visions offered by politicians.
Senator Richmond is not here. Will I still answer the question he posed?