Over the next few years, the European Union must implement a crash “emergency” programme of Europe-wide actions that addresses Europeans’ key concerns. The focus should move from austerity to sustainable growth-focused and job-creating policies. The EU must be competitive in a rapidly-globalising world. Citizens’ concerns about health or social and economic inequalities need to be tackled. Restoring Europe’s credibility and addressing global questions including immigration, security and climate change must also be priorities.