Europe’s Two Futures

Europa vermittelt gegenwärtig ein recht widersprüchliches Bild. Es ein Kontinent, auf dem zu leben sich die meisten Nicht-Europäer wohl immer noch wünschen würden: Frieden, Demokratie, Herrschaft des Rechts, Sicherheit, ein großes Maß an innerer Freiheit und Liberalität, wie kaum sonst wo auf der Welt; Wohlstand, ein hoher Lebensstandard, eine sehr gute soziale Absicherung für alle, zudem preiswerte und gute Bildungssysteme; eine starke, wettbewerbsfähige Wirtschaft, geringe Inflation und eine starke Währung; und hohe Umweltstandards, eine hervorragende Infrastruktur, gepaart mit einer beispiellosen kulturelle Vielfalt und großartigen Landschaften.

Kurz, hätte man den vor hundert Jahren lebenden Europäern das heutige Europa geschildert, sie hätten dies für eine etwas überdrehte Utopie gehalten.

Die Europäische Union umfasst heute 500 Mio. Bürgerinnen und Bürger, und ist der wichtigste und größte Binnenmarkt der Weltwirtschaft. Europa wäre in nahezu allen Wirtschaftsstatistiken die unangefochtene Nummer 1, wenn, ja wenn die EU dieses Europa nach außen tatsächlichverkörpern würde.

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