THE STATE OF EUROPE | Disruption, Disorder and Division - Crunch Time for Europe, Brussels - EU monitor

EU monitor
Friday, February 21, 2020
Atomium in Brussel.
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen
date October 13, 2016
city Brussels, Belgium
organisation Friends of Europe

Europe has never simultaneously faced so many challenges. Brexit, the eurozone crises, sluggish economic growth, high unemployment and immigration along with social inequality weigh heavy on Europe’s future. Terror attacks have spotlighted the dangers of violent radicalisation. These developments come against a background of technological innovation that, from a competition viewpoint, is too slow, but in social terms others see as too fast.

Technological progress is mostly empowering and positive. But although it boosts innovation it can also be disruptive to labour markets, health and social systems. Other challenges include calls for a re-think of the EU’s democratic mechanisms and the future of foreign policy and new and old security threats.

This 13th ‘State of Europe’ high-level roundtable will discuss the risks and the opportunities of disruptive change in four areas: economic models, social integration, leadership and geopolitics. It will look at Europe’s resilience in the increasingly turbulent, unpredictable and volatile domestic and global environments.

Join the debate on Twitter using #StateofEU.

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