Franco-German appeal for closer cooperation

The 28 Member States of the European Union must rise to the challenges they face in the refugee crisis, in the economic and monetary crisis with its prolonged high levels of youth unemployment, and in the wars and trouble spots in their neighbourhood. None of these challenges can be resolved by one Member State alone; they all urgently require shared solidarity. This op-ed by a Franco-German group of Parliamentarians and Academics calls for closer collaboration.

By Dr. Franziska Brantner (Member of the Deutscher Bundestag, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Laurent Cohen-Tanugi (Lawyer and writer), Daniel Cohn-Bendit (Politician and writer, Europe ÉcologieLes Verts), Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein (Director of the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, Associate Dean of the Hertie School of Governance), Hervé Gaymard (Member of the Assemblée nationale, Les Républicains), Sylvie Goulard (Member of the European Parliament, ALDE), Elisabeth Guigou (Member of the Assemblée nationale, Parti socialiste), Anne-Marie Le Gloannec (Director of studies, Science Po Paris), Thomas Oppermann (Member of the Deutscher Bundestag, SPD), Dr. Norbert Röttgen (Member of the Deutscher Bundestag, CDU), Prof. Dr. Heinrich August Winkler (Historian)

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