He proposes a less binding ‘European political community’ of nations, including Ukraine and the UK – reports say UK PM Boris Johnson has a similar plan.
European youth is key to concept
Head of Sciences Po’s social sciences institute Cevipof Florent Parmentier and Florent Marciacq of Fondation Jean Jaurès speculated further on what the idea might mean in an article for theconversation.com
They said it might bring a new enlarged concept of ‘European citizenship’, no longer limited to EU membership.
They hoped to see the youth of member states educated in values of European democracy, history, culture and languages and offered new opportunities to travel and take part in exchanges from a young age when they start to form their political identities.
There could also be a form of European civil or military service, they said.
UK PM Boris Johnson idea of ‘European Commonwealth’
Meanwhile, Italian daily newspaper Il Corriere della Sera claims UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been sounding out Ukraine’s president and other leaders about a ‘European Commonwealth’.
The paper, citing reports from attendees at the World Economic Forum at Davos, said this would be a political, economic and military alliance among countries “united by diffidence towards Brussels and to the German response to Russia’s military aggression”.
Poland, the Baltic states and possibly Turkey are being approached, it claims, saying Ukraine’s president may be waiting for news of his country’s EU candidacy before deciding whether to consider it.
The plan has not been confirmed by the UK.