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'Future EU' conference: good idea, bad timing

Let's put aside the choice of the unattractive name of the upcoming EU-wide initiative: "Conference for the Future of Europe".

Let's also put aside its many presidents (three honorary presidents and three executive presidents, after abandoning the idea of a single "eminent European personality" to act as the conference's chair), and the drastic shortening of its duration (from two years to less than one) - which is difficult to explain with any other arguments but serving the pre-electi...

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