A Unique Opportunity to Renovate the European Union - For Inspiration Addressed to Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission
10 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2019
Date Written: September 10, 2019
In view of the 21st Century’s hyper-connected World and the digitalized global economy, the EU needs a comprehensive reality check and a consequent 'grand design'. It must provide a greater long-term survival perspective than is currently the case. Like the uniting aim of ‘avoiding war in Europe’ established at the genesis of the European Communities, the EU now needs a uniting aim to address the challenges of the 21st Century.
The EU must:
• Realise that neither naïve humanity, nor political correctness, or selfish economics will deliver the right answers to the complex challenges of the 21st Century. The EU cannot save the rest of the World in all matters; it must choose priorities critical to its existence;
• Avoid an identity crisis through letting a 'war of civilisations' sneak in gradually from other dominant cultures. Using double standards towards its Member States could be equally damaging;
• Renovate itself before it is too late to absorb the inevitable associated shocks during the overhaul without greater disturbances. The EU must remain a Union of shared values of equal, free and strong nations that promotes 'EU optimism'.
Keywords: EU, Necessary renovation, Future of Europe
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