July 16, 2010
PROJECT EUROPE 2030 – CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Our findings are reassuring neither to the Union nor to our citizens: a global economic crisis; States coming to the rescue of banks; ageing populations threatening the competitiveness of our economies and the sustainability of our social models; downward pressure on costs and wages; the challenges of climate change and increasing energy dependence; and the Eastward shift in the global distribution of production and savings. And on top of this, the threats of terrorism, organised crime and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction hang over us.
Will the EU be able to maintain and increase its level of prosperity in this changing world? Will it be able to promote and defend Europe’s values and interests?
Our answer is positive. The EU can be an agent of change in the world, a trend-setter, and not just a passive witness. But this will only be possible if we work together; the challenges ahead are too large for any European country to address on their own. Our ability to influence developments beyond our borders will in turn depend on our capacity to secure solid growth and internal cohesion within the Union. This is the conclusion reached by our Reflection Group, following intensive deliberations and consultations with numerous experts and institutions.
All our members agree on one fundamental issue: Europe is currently at a turning point in its history. We will only overcome the challenges which lie ahead if all of us – politicians, citizens, employers and employees – are able to pull together with a new common purpose defined by the needs of the current age.
February 24, 2009
THE GLOBALISED CRYSTAL BALL
“In the last few years there have been many developments that have had a great influence on the international community. The rise of China and India, American unilateralism, terrorist attacks, the Dutch and French rejection of the European Constitutional Treaty, a newly assertive Russia, the invasion of Iraq; the list is long. Based on the assumption that the world of tomorrow can be found in the actions of today, De Balie is looking for the future of the international community. This will be done by observing the behavior of influential countries and discuss underlying perceptions, cultural influences, power politics, economic interests and sometimes even individual personality.”
February 24, 2009
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK – CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF GLOBALISATION AND REGIONALISATION (CSGR)
“Inaugurated in 1997, the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Warwick is the oldest and largest academic centre in Europe dealing with this subject area. CSGR is a designated research site of the UK Economic and Social Research Council , which has provided core funding in two five-year phases (1997-2002 and 2002-2007).
CSGR is a multidisciplinary project. Its staff and associates are drawn from the fields of Anthropology, Business, Economics, Law, Politics and Sociology. Likewise, the Centre’s seminars, conferences and other projects generally draw participants from several disciplines.”