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Smart Take | Ursula von der Leyen on the State of the European Union

September 14, 20232:09

Robin Quinville, Director of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, comments on Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the European Union speech, which focused on how the EU can remain competitive in the future. Quinville talks about the importance of maintaining a solid, skilled labor supply, continuing to tackle inflation, and reducing the amount of bureaucracy that companies face when doing business in Europe. She also discusses challenges related to China’s state subsidies in the electric vehicle market and the future possibility of expanding EU membership.


Robin Quinville

Robin S. Quinville

Director, Global Europe Program
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The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more