The autumn 2016 issue of Europe’s World focuses on the fallout from the decision of the British people to leave the EU. The multiple consequences of Brexit are analysed by series of leading politicians, academics and influencers. Luuk van Middelaar, author of “The Passage to Europe”, says that the EU needs to rebalance the freedoms it offers and the protection it aims to provide. Finnish Finance Minister Olli Rehn looks at the consequences for the eurozone, calling for reform that will help deliver growth and legitimacy. Leading MEP Danuta Hübner warns of the impact of Brexit on the EU’s trade deals, while former Chinese ambassador to the UK Ma Zhengang asks whether Brexit means the end of a fleeting “golden era” for Sino-British relations. Portuguese MEP Maria Matias casts a critical eye on the EU institutions, asking the structures of the European Union are capable of delivering the changes needed to restore trust in Europe, while László Andor argues that Brussels exhibits failures of leadership as much as structural weaknesses.
Integration is another key theme. Muhterem Aras, President of the Baden-Wüttemberg Parliament, points to her own success story as an example of Europe embracing ideas of integration and diversity. Martijn Pluim calls for a more rational and less selfish Europe, while Luxembourg’s Family Affairs Minister Corinne Cahen highlights the schemes to manage integration in largely-immigrant Luxembourg.
In the EU’s neighbourhood, Alida Vračić and Denisa Kostivicova look at the impact of Brexit on the Balkans and enlargement, while Harvard professor Calestous Juma examines the EU’s policies towards Africa. And Nathalie Tocci, Bruno Maçães and Filip Ejdus cast their eye over the EU’s Global Strategy.
This edition’s cover art is by Belgian artist Dominiq Fournal – “Sans titre” (oil on wood – 30X30 cm – 2016)
In this issue
- “Business as usual” will just bring more calls to leave, by Antanas Guoga
- Europe’s future’s bright – if the future’s green, by Karolina Skog
- Iceland needs pragmatism to avoid northern exposure, by Lilja Alfreðsdóttir
- Welcome to Austerity 2.0, by Dana Reizniece-Ozola
- Time for an end to EU protectionism, by Jan Zahradil
- “Dexit” off the table as Danish Euroscepticism abates, by Marlene Wind
- US exceptionalism or withdrawal from the world?, by Philip J. Crowley
- Openness and pluralism are good – but so is effective management, by Jens Spahn
- Time for the Erasmus generation to speak out, by Edoardo Campanella
- Europe has digital potential – but it must act to close the gap with the US, by Jacques Bughin, Eric Hazan and Sree Ramaswamy
- Rise of the machines isn’t the end for manual labour, by Sascha Stowasser
- Europe cannot ignore the social impact of economic “recovery”, by Anastasia Poulou
- Brexit changes the EU’s trade dynamics: don’t expect progress, by Claudia Schmucker
- A new climate for Europe’s energy policy?, by Maria Rosaria Di Nucci and Kerstin Tews
- Young people aren’t apathetic. They’ve just been alienated, by Ross Greer
- Russia hopes to benefit from Britain’s departure, by Julia Kusznir
- An ageing Bulgaria must make some big choices, by Elitsa Dimitrova
- Fragmentation may bring security paralysis, by Ian Anthony
- Arms sales rules working on paper – just not in practice, by Anna Stavrianakis