19. November 2012

Different Scenarios for 2037: ‘European fragmentation and decline’

by Noora Löfström

Noora Lovstrom NEWEuropean fragmentation and decline? The name Europe is a definition for a geographical space consisting of multiple semi-closed border nation-states. These states consist of a homogeneous population. These people eat their own traditional food which grows in their own country and backyard. All foreign goods are taxed and thus too expensive for the the masses. Countries have to rely on their self-sufficiency for their needs of resources and nutrition.

Read more …

19. November 2012

Different Scenarios for 2037: ‘Democratic Glocalisation’

by Leticia Díez Sánchez

Leticia Diez Sanchez NEWThe 13th November, some FutureLabbers had the opportunity to participate in the europe@debate event ‘Imagining Europe in 2037: Scenarios for the future’ held in Paris in collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. One of the three scenarios presented, ‘Democratic Glocalisation’, claims that in 2037 democracy strikes back – and the EU becomes its standard bearer. Here is the scenario as presented during the debate  with Hugues de Jouvenel (Futuribles)

Read more …

19. November 2012

Should the EU adapt a proactive foreign policy?

by Stephan Kool

stephan-kool-modifiedThe  E.U. and predecessor organizations lack unity when it comes to a common foreign policy, especially when a conflict breaks out in a neighboring country as Adnan was able to point out in his recent blog. But the paradox is that this is more peaceful than any alternative foreign policy.

A better organized and quicker intervention in the Balkans early ’90 of the last century might have stopped violence, but this is said when looking back. Even with the UN peace force active in a region, there is no guarantee for peace. The most horrifying example is the Srebrenica failure by Dutch UN troops.

Read more …

12. November 2012

No End in Sight – What Happens to Identity?

by Kati Temonen

kati-temonen-modifiedLevels of frustration, discontent, tension and anxiety are growing, and forces pulling areas of Europe apart are intensifying. Our common currency is going through the hardest test in its history and it has become clear that it is greatly challenging our mutual feeling of Europeanness.

In her latest statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave us an answer to what we all have been asking in the past months across Europe: “is there an end in sight?” According to Merkel, the euro crisis cannot be fixed in the next one or two years but will take at least five more years – or even longer. Taking a quick glance at the recent headlines of the euro zone’s misfortunes, Chancellor Merkel cannot be completely wrong. The crisis is still very much there and visible to us, like photos of the chaos on the streets in Athens as a result of the new austerity measures by the Greek parliament demonstrate. But it is not only Southern Europe, where we are directing our concerns – the map of the crisis has spread to unspoken areas, to non-euro countries Hungary and Romania or Slovenia, which might become the sixth euro member requesting a bailout.

Read more …

07. November 2012

Bringing Europe’s Youth on Board

by James Kilcourse

james-kilcourse-2012-2015-modifiedWhen asked to support a more integrated EU in the coming years, young Europeans will ask themselves two questions: ‘What has Europe done for me?’ and ‘What is the EU really for?’

“More Europe” has become the rallying cry of the politicians and officials tasked with reviving the fortunes of the Eurozone. Talks are already underway on a European banking union, a number of Member States have agreed to create a Financial Transaction Tax and European leaders have proposed several ambitious steps towards closer economic and political integration. Herman Van Rompuy has explained his vision for the next ten years of Economic and Monetary Union, which focuses on four key building blocks. The fourth and final building block – strengthening democratic legitimacy and accountability – is by far the least developed, but is the pillar upon which further European integration rests.

Read more …