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Olaf Scholz and Kai Diekmann on Populism

Why is populism spreading across the societies of Europe, the United States and Japan? To start off the opening debate of United Europe’s Young professional Seminar on “The Populist Challenge” from 6 to 8 October in Hamburg, Olaf Scholz pointed to countries like Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands or Germany that have few welfare, economic or …

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Jaap de Hoop Scheffer: Never Waste a Good Crisis

It has often been said that Europe is an economic and financial giant, a political adolescent and a military pygmy. But does it have the luxury to remain that? Look at the challenges and threats we are facing: climate change, migration, terrorism, pandemics and failing states, to name just a few of them. There is …

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Why Sylvie Goulard is Optimistic About Europe

Look at Europe: we are beset by populist troubles and a severe financial, economic and social crisis. Migration and terrorism represent huge challenges. In many countries, our democracy is not in good shape. But also look at what we have achieved: we have free education, proper health care, a sense of solidarity in our societies …

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A New Vision for Europe

With the Rome Manifesto, a group of leading young European scholars and professionals supported by United Europe and Villa Vigoni has put forward an ambitious proposal for the renewal of the European project. The 18 authors presented their plan at the German embassy in Rome as part of the official celebrations for the 60th anniversary …

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Dimitris Tsingos on Europe as a Peace Project

Please allow me to share a very personal story with you. It is about my father who passed away in February. At the age of 89, he had lived a long and meaningful life, having both given and received true love. There’s an angle of this story which I think may have some broader interest: …

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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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Walter Schlebusch: Why the euro is good for Europe

Generations of Europeans have worked hard and long to unite our continent. We mustn’t gamble away today what they have achieved over decades. We should explain to people why we need the European Union. As individual nations, we risk to be ground between the future great powers – China, India, Russia, the United States. Also, our …

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Mario Monti: Can national politics still sustain European integration?

Integration is in crisis, and not just in Europe. We have come to the point where we have to ask a fundamental question: do Western democratic systems still have the vision and the energy to support political integration? Look at national debates, for instance over Scotland or Catalonia. Look at global issues, too, like trade. …

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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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United Europe’s Board on the Brexit Vote

Dear members and supporters, Brexit is a dangerous setback for Europe. Over the coming months and years, British voters will painfully find out what their “No” to EU membership will cost them politically, economically and culturally. The remaining European Union will also suffer in terms of economic growth, political cohesion and international standing. At United …

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