The EU has too many bosses, but very few leaders. With this initial thought, Rudy Aernaudt, head of cabinet of EESC President Henri Malosse, kicked off a conference on 25 February in Brussels on the leadership crisis Europe faces and possible solutions that may be offered by businesses, academics and civil society. “I feel great frustration about Europe,” Louis de Gaulle said. The French lawyer, nephew of former French President Charles de Gaulle, regretted the lack of a strong European voice on trouble spots like Ukraine or Syria. While he described the EU’s legislative corpus as “small but effective,” he lamented that this legal system “has no soul, there is no political project beyond trade and liberalisations”. Hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the event was organised by LeadTheFuture, the European Institute of Leadership, WESTT and De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés.