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ZEI Discussion Paper C 265 / 2021

Stephan Conermann / Rahel Hutgens: Macron’s Idea of European Universities: From Vision to Reality – The Implementation

ZEI Discussion Paper C 265 / 2021

On September 26, 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech on Europe's future – the “Initiative for Europe” – and presented ambitious visions on how to reform and change Europe as well as how to solve the contemporary global challenges Europe has to face. He highlighted six keys to sovereignty that are necessary to rebuild a sovereign, united and democratic Europe. In addition to that, he suggested the formation of a European University Alliance by 2024. This article focuses on the various interpretations of the idea of the European University, outlines the implementation of this project, its framework as well as possible challenges, and presents the status quo – 3,5 years after the initial speech.

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