March 20, 2017 – Il Mattino published an interview with SEP Senior Fellow Pietro Reichlin, in which he discusses European integration. He observes that “Europe at two speeds” already exists, and it would be useless to hide it. For a long time, the divergences between different founding members have been evident, and most would agree on the ultimate solution—further political integration. This begins with (re)building reciprocal trust, which is the best way to create long-lasting agreements and commitments for the future of Europe. Regarding the “Trump effect,” he argues that the current less cordial relationship with the EU is unlikely to last very long. The EU and US are allies, and their commercial relationship is strategic as well as economic . The President’s pursuit of protectionism is also unlikely to bear fruit, given the internationalization of supply chains.
- The original interview (in Italian) is available from Il Mattino.