Ashim Kumar and David Kennedy once again clashed on topics ranging from the future of the European Union and Ukraine’s candidacy to join the union, to the possibility of China attacking Taiwan and how the EU should prepare for disruptions in the economic world that would follow.
The future of the European Union
The first topic of today’s episode of Talking Europe revolved around the future of the European Union and Ukraine’s chances of joining the union. The hosts focused mainly on Emmanuel Macron’s speech given recently at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in celebration of Europe Day.
“This question remains: how should we organise Europe, from a political standpoint that goes further than the European Union? It is our obligation to answer it today and create what I would call today in front of you a political European community. This new European organisation would allow democratic European nations that adhere to our basic values, to find a new space of cooperation in the political, security, energy, transportation, infrastructure funding and people’s - especially our youth - movement fields. Joining it would not necessarily prejudge future EU membership, nor would it be closed to those who left it,” the French President said.
According to Ashim Kumar, a new European body would only contribute to an increase in bureaucracy and increase operational costs. “What he is talking about is taking an enormous lumbering beast that is called the European Union and making it bigger, heavier slower and let's not forget, more expensive,” Mr Kumar said.
In turn, Mr Kennedy stated that in his opinion Emmanuel Macron is talking about having a certain amount of caution about too quickly expanding the EU, and trying to think of a way of making cooperation with some countries like the United Kingdom, which is no longer an EU member, easier.
The possibility of China attackin Taiwan
“I don’t think it's a question of ‘if’ China invades Taiwan I think it’s a question of ‘when’, why? Because it’s exactly the same argument that Putin has been using with Ukraine,” Ashim Kumar said.
Both hosts agreed that until recently Taiwan was easier to defend than Ukraine because of its geographical position and the US having superior firepower. However, China has since been developing its military and is considered one of the largest military powers in the world.
Now the question remains, should the EU prepare for the possibility of an economic crisis in the event of Chinese aggression against Taiwan.
“It doesn't look as though the EU is even thinking about doing something about this exposure, because if the European Union wants to do something if China invades Taiwan and the EU wants to do something we are going to have the same old problem we had with COVID but 10 times worse,” Ashim Kumar said.
“I think that this is something we have to seriously think about, but it has taken really the last 30 years to get into this situation, it is not something that we will get out of immediately,” David Kennedy responded.
He also added that many branches of production in Europe have been closed down, which only increased our dependence on China.