Europe needs to restructure its economy or it will lose ground among international competition. The best way forward is to strengthen and harmonize the Union’s higher education systems.
Breaking down rigid environments and supporting new education systems are the imperatives of a change that will soon become a constant.
Peter Hartz has presented a series of concepts to fight youth unemployment across Europe – and France is about to repeat Germany's mistakes.
The current young generation is worse off than 20 years ago. Europe cannot afford to go backwards.
Europe’s unemployed young people don’t mind a little economic insecurity. What they can’t stand is a chronic atmosphere of political hopelessness. No wonder they are fleeing the continent.
What measures can fix youth unemployment? Some simple solutions will do – as long as we correct a big mistake from the past.
I doubt that a European narrative ever existed. Just listen to the speeches given by European politicians like Angela Merkel.
A general European narrative remains elusive, and we have not succeeded in distilling our desires into a comprehensive utopian vision. But there is one thing we should strive to remember.
The European people struggle with their identity. Therefore, one has to ask: Have pro-Europeans been telling the wrong kind of story?
The disappointing result for Geert Wilders' far right reflects Dutch attitudes about Europe.
Europe's populists are dangerous. They dress up as democrats merely to hide their authoritarian faces.
Anti-European sentiment is on the rise. This could end up badly. But populism also serves an important function.
Comparing the crisis in Ukraine to Europe in 1914 is misleading and absurd. Historical analogizing doesn’t include a license to engage in reckless punditry.
It is high time we start drawing the right conclusions from 1914. Luckily, one German and his Polish counterpart are already doing it.
The world of the early 21st century differs starkly from the 1910s. But a return to the events before World War I can illuminate some of the dangers we face today, and guard against a repetition of past mistakes.
Europe needs to consolidate solidarity if it wants to remain a strong political union. Economic powerhouses like Germany must therefore recognize that helping others is in their own best interest.
Unlike Peter Pan, Europeans need to grow up. Rather than clinging to false fairy tales, we must realize that the overarching ideologies no longer function and that we cannot return to a state in which we separate our fates along national borders.
Solidarity is no altruistic trait. In fact, it is mostly selfish. And that is just one of the misunderstandings regarding solidarity in the EU.