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Europe in danger of disintegration


15 June 2011

Brussels, 15 June 2011: The European Union is at a crossroads and could disintegrate if leaders do not find a way to revitalise it.  This is the stark warning at the heart of a Strategy Paper on the ‘State of the Union’ from the European Policy Centre.

Written by Senior Policy Analyst Janis A. Emmanouilidis, and Director of Studies Josef Janning, the paper questions whether the EU is losing relevance for its citizens, and has the capacity and consensus to overcome its difficulties.

‘The EU looks fragile and tired, and some leaders don’t seem to be aware that integration could still fail due to distrust and negligence,’ said Janis Emmanouilidis. ‘Europe has been here before, but the situation today is more profound and serious than ever before. The unthinkable has become thinkable – the exit of a country from the euro zone, the end of the euro and even a disintegration of the EU are no longer taboo.’

The paper analyses the EU’s capacity to adapt to the current crises amidst lost democratic legitimacy, internal wrangling, and lack of far-sighted leadership. New centres of growth and assertiveness are emerging and contesting the old continent’s role in the world. ‘No one is waiting for Europe to sort out its problems’, said Josef Janning. European leaders are challenged to make a choice of revitalising integration through strategic projects, or allowing eurosceptism to grow into eurosclerosis.

The Strategy Paper has been produced for the EPC Annual Conference, at which the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy will be the keynote speaker.

Also taking part in the Conference will be Danuta Hübner MEP, Chair of the Regional Development Committee in the European Parliament, Meglena Kuneva, former European Commissioner,  Erika Mann, former MEP, Viviane Reding, Vice-President and European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Adam Jasser, Undersecretary of State, Secretary to the Economic Council, Poland.

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