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Future of Europe — Macron in Berlin — Voices from Ukraine

We debate some big ideas for the future of Europe and examine the state of Franco-German ties after recently-reelected French President Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Berlin. We also hear from Ukrainian officials and the EU’s ambassador in Kyiv.

[2:54] POLITICO’s Andrew Gray tries to sum up the results of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a year-long series of debates and discussions that culminated in a grand ceremony in Strasbourg earlier this week. Andrew is joined by POLITICO’s Maïa de La Baume, who shares her impressions from attending one of the gatherings of EU citizens that fed into the conference.

[8:09] French President Emmanuel Macron used the ceremony to propose the creation of a “European political community,” which could include countries outside the EU like Ukraine and the U.K. POLITICO’s Hans von der Burchard tell us how this and other ideas are going down in Berlin, after Macron’s visit earlier this week with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Chief Europe Correspondent Matthew Karnitschnig weighs in on the proposals for Europe’s future and the politics around Ukraine’s EU membership bid.

[19:43] Then POLITICO’s Lili Bayer brings us voices from officials in Ukraine after her recent trip to Kyiv, including EU Ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko and Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Integration of Ukraine to the EU.

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