anti-European parties such as the National Front in France, UKIP in the
United Kingdom, AfD in Germany and similar groupings in the Nether-
lands and Finland create a disturbing picture, but one that we must not
shy away from.
This, then, is the moment to confront these political challenges, as we
propose in this report; the moment to engage with public opinion and
with political and social forces, to make them see that only by deepening
political union can we resolve the problems we face; the moment in which
the European Parliament must play its role both of initiating and guiding
the institutional reforms that will lead to political union.
I would like to end by thanking the authors for their generosity and
dedication, and I would also like to recognise the support offered by the
Director of the Report, the Coordinator and Indra.