Reflecting on Europe’s Future
“An old classroom exercise urged students to lay out a map of Eurasia and view the land mass from the perspective of China. From that vantage point, the states that make up the European Union appear to be a small appendage to the larger Asia.
That geographical reversal — a swollen Asia increasingly dominating a shrinking Europe — is a major thread that runs through a 46-page report produced by the Reflection Group on the Future of the EU 2030. Presented to the European Council in June 2010, Project Europe 2030: Challenges and Opportunities starkly lays out problems needing the coordinated attention of EU member states lest they slide into irrelevance on the world stage.
Despite maintaining nearly 2 million Soldiers under arms, the EU struggles to mobilize even a few thousand of them for its common defense, the report says. Plunging birth rates will deprive European economies of 68 million workers they need to compete in the world. The report went even further, criticizing Europe for failing to attract skilled immigrants, modernize its universities, curb reliance on imported energy and lower unemployment...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Reflecting on Europe’s Future,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 4, 2010: 58-61.
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