If Emmanuel Macron wins in France, it would be a major buck to the populist trend that has characterised Western politics in recent months. It would open up the chance both for renewal of France's vitality and of the Franco-German relationship that has always proved essential for European collaboration.
For the decline of liberal democracies is not inevitable. As Bill Emmott argues in his new book, The Fate of the West, revival is eminently possible and even probable, as long as we all push for it. In the coming weeks, The Wake Up Foundation will be making extracts available online, and Bill will conduct discussions about the book's arguments on our website, social media channels and at events. We would love you to be involved and will share details for participating soon.
Also we have an update on The Wake Up Foundation 2050 Index, an online resource we launched in January assessing countries’ future-readiness. Excitingly, we have news of Annalisa Piras’s new film on the migrant crisis, Europe at Sea, which will be the topic of a dedicated newsletter soon.
It is clear that The Wake Up Foundation’s mission is more important than ever.
We have big ambitions to grow our movement. We will shortly be launching a brand new website and we are working on some really exciting projects. We know you will be as fired up as we are by our plans. We'd love to hear from you about your own projects and your thoughts on our work, so do feel free to get in touch.
Our message is urgent: let’s keep raising our voices and Wake Up Europe!
Bill and Annalisa