digitalisation

The Populist Challenge: Conclusions of the YPS Hamburg

In Europe, populist movements are attracting a growing number of voters with messages that are simplistic and nationalist. These parties do not offer sustainable solutions; instead, they stir up resentment against political institutions – including the European Union – and people with different backgrounds and beliefs. This endangers the understanding among nations. United Europe focussed …

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Adele Ravagnani in “Neos Magazine” on the Amsterdam Seminar

Adele Ravagnani, a student of physics at the University of Turin and Honors Program Student at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, joined United Europe for the Young Professionals Seminar in Amsterdam in June. In an article first published by Neos Magazine, this young Italian describes the event. Twenty-two young professionals from twelve European countries were the …

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Anna Penninger: Machines vs. Humans

Artificial intelligence is shaping our life. Many leading forces in this key sector are part of American corporations; in Europe, we are sliding into dependency. Wider questions are raised with the rise of artificial intelligence. Increasingly, people worry about the impact that this technology will have on our societies and economies. While it is true …

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Defending Europe: Conclusions of the YPS Amsterdam, June 2017

As the pace of change in politics and technology accelerates, Europe faces fundamental questions about its security, its identity and its prosperity. Some of our neighbours have turned against us; at the same time, our traditional alliances are becoming more uncertain. Terrorism does not only threaten our physical security, but also our freedom and our …

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Burkhard Schwenker: Set Priorities and Implement Them

Europe is threatened by disintegration. There are quite a number of people who don’t believe that the European Union will be able to rise to the challenges of Brexit, nationalist populism and America’s shift towards isolationism and protectionism. Professor Burkhard Schwenker, Senior Partner at Roland Berger and a member of United Europe, disagrees. In a …

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Mathias Döpfner: How to Counter Fake News

Don’t make laws against fake news. Don’t hold Facebook or Twitter accountable for the content posted by their users. Don’t punish them for false information. Finally, don’t believe that government subsidies are a good way to bolster news gathering and fact checking. Mathias Döpfner, Chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE, one of Europe’s largest …

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Whom to Believe in a Digital World: A United Europe Dinner

We are delighted to announce a United Europe Dinner with Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE, as our speaker. Drawing on his experience both as a distinguished journalist and as the CEO of Europe’s leading digital publisher, Dr. Döpfner will focus on how digitalisation is impacting business, politics and public perceptions: …

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Dieter Zetsche on Industry and Digitalisation in Europe

If there is one lesson we learned from the IT sector in these past years it is this: open systems tend to be more successful than closed systems. And I’m equally convinced: if we want to tap the potential of digitalisation in Europe, a closed system won’t get us there. So to take full advantage of digitalisation, the prerequisite is …

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A Better Education for the Next Generation: Views from a Young Professionals Seminar

In Europe, young people are turning into an increasingly scarce resource. With the ageing of the population, providing the next generation with an excellent education is becoming more important than ever. In this sense, education isn’t just about the facts and the skills you learn in school, it is also about attitudes and identity. As …

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Esko Aho: How to Catch the Next Big Wave

Andy Haldane, the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, has said that creating growth is like surfing – you have to wait for the big next innovation wave. Clearly, digitalisation is the next big thing. We may think that we have already been digitalised. But so far, digitalisation has mostly been about providing new …

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