In Brussels EU heads of state and government are discussing budget politics, border controls and other future questions for the Union. Journalists are taking the opportunity to sketch out their visions for a truly reformed and citizen-friendly EU.
Citizens, take Europe's fate into your own hands
Change can only come from the people, believes legal expert Frédéric Mauro. He writes in Le Soir:
“We cannot wait for the heads of government and state because a change in the treaties requires the approval of all 27 individuals. There is no way this can happen. Because the heads of government and state are far more concerned with preserving their personal decision-making authority - however small - than with furthering collective action. Without any hope of agreement at the top, people must take the European project into their own hands. If those in power don't want to move the people forward, then they will be forced to follow them. Which is why it is important to set up large European political parties and offer transnational lists to the voters. Let's take our fate into our own hands!”
Reform parties should introduce primaries
Fabrice Pothier of the consulting firm Rasmussen Global describes in Le Monde how to make the European elections more attractive:
“Macron should develop his strategy of a revolution from below by creating a sort of primary vote to elect the head of LRM's European list. Parties like Ciudadanos in Spain and some others allied with the new reformist group that the president intends to create could do the same. Primaries could lend additional popular support to the future leaders of the parliamentary groups in the European Parliament. And they would make it possible to mobilise grassroots supporters of the Macronian parties in the run-up to the elections. With a weak participation rate - 42.6 percent in 2014 - the ability to mobilise the grassroots could make all the difference.”