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  • Europe in 25 years

“To mitigate the effects of relative decline we will need increasingly to act in concert and speak with one voice”

When thinking about what may lie in store for Europe, it has become customary to cite Niels Bohr’s famous remark that “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future”. Prognostication becomes even more foolhardy when done in the midst of crisis. Yet looking to what Europe will be like 25 years ahead there are some… Read article ›

  • Europe in 25 years

“In 25 years’ time, hospitals will be as airports are to airlines – integral to success but not the principal focus”

The year 2009 was the point when many European countries could proudly say they had the best health systems the world has ever seen. The optimism of people involved in health was impressive: discussion centred around the future role of genomics, and patient-centred care, and there were the first murmurings of “big data” and its… Read article ›

  • Europe in 25 years

Memorandum for the Chancellor — Subject: Agenda for the 2038 Euromark Council summit

Memorandum for the Chancellor Subject: Agenda for the 2038 Euromark Council summit The main decision before you and your colleagues in the forthcoming Euromark Council will be whether to submit for member states’ ratification the van Agt Commission’s recommendations for a new European Confederation. The Commission, called into being by European heads of state, has… Read article ›

  • Europe in 25 years

“Six years have passed since the Shanghai Crash of 2032, and Europe’s architecture is incapable of responding”

Six years have passed since the Shanghai Crash of 2032, and Europe’s architecture is incapable of responding to its challenges in a way that offers hope of continental consolidation after 30 years of hideous fragmentation. The reasons for its conspicuous failure can be traced all the way back to Europe’s mishandling of the crisis then,… Read article ›

  • Europe in 25 years

“European rhetoric wrongly conveys the impression that solutions to the problems of countries lie mainly at the EU level”

The Europe debate is burdened by rhetoric. We talk of ‘more Europe’, federal Europe, political union, European government and European solidarity in ways that hamper deeper and more productive discussion on the EU’s problems and their solutions. This European rhetoric is vague and often emotionally-loaded. What is meant by political union? And is solidarity just… Read article ›

  • Europe in 25 years

“If it stays on that course, Europe will become geopolitically irrelevant”

Europe is on geopolitical auto-pilot, playing sidekick to America, alienating its Muslim neighbours and subsidising its own citizens rather than its needier neighbours. And if it stays on that course, it will become geopolitically irrelevant. That’s why I would propose three bold and, paradoxically, easy initiatives that Europe can take to ensure its geopolitical relevance… Read article ›

  • Europe in 25 years

“No single EU country can any longer act alone as an economic or political power – even Europe’s largest economies”

How Europe will look in 25 years’ time may be harder to predict than we know; technological developments and our capacity to innovate, along with inexorable demographic pressure and the looming fiscal timebomb of ageing add to the redistribution of economic power as global trade and investment moves eastwards and the continuing threat of further… Read article ›

  • Europe in 25 years

“The driving force of the next great leap forward in European integration will be the need to face global competition for power and influence”

Only 25 years ago, the Berlin wall still stood and the euro didn’t exist. Today, memories of World War II have faded and the continent’s division into two ideologically opposed blocs is long gone. It is difficult to imagine the shape of Europe years from now, but the driving force of the next great leap… Read article ›

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