Macron's manifesto, which was read all across the old continent, is proof that the EU is alive and well. This is the first time that a true transnational debate is animating Europe, laying down the foundations for the emergence of a genuine European polity. This was the end goal of the founding fathers of the European project. It was a long journey, but worthwhile. Even those parties that oppose Brussels are part of this debate and their criticism will inadvertently contribute to strengthen the Union, rather than weaken it. Democracies thrive in disagreement. What matters is that now pro and anti-EU forces find common grounds to have a constructive and open dialogue. Macron's piece is full of enlightened ideas that could appeal both factions.
Edoardo Campanella, Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, is co-author (with Marta Dassù) of Anglo Nostalgia: The Politics of Emotion in a Fractured West (Oxford University Press, 2019).