The European Union at a Cross-Road
13 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2017 Last revised: 7 Oct 2019
Date Written: September 13, 2017
The European Union urgently needs a strong historical narrative and new unifying ambition.
While the original aim of peace and prosperity among its Members was achieved as well as a solid basis for further European integration, the EU still has to find its way in the 21st Century.
The EU has let external events take their course and is now forced to be reactive rather than being able to shape its vision for the future. It urgently needs a realistic and implementable “Grand Design” to secure the EU’s continued existence and prosperity.
In view of the hyper-connected World and the digitalized global economy, the EU needs a comprehensive reality check and a corresponding “Grand Design.”
As genetics and science can attest, Europe has always been an open society due to its geographic location and history. The sense of European identity is rooted in ideals that Europeans share rather than physical or other traits. Being “European” means accepting certain unambiguous principles and being ready to defend these.
In an attempt to wrestle the discourse away from the opportunists and populists on all sides of the spectrum, this paper analyses the situation and identifies fundamental principles and cornerstones of Europe and the European Union that need to be at the basis of possible political solutions.
The EU MUST remain a union of shared values.
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