Institut für Europäische Politik: IEP Lunch Debate on “Europe at the crossroads: solidarity and effective transformation towards new horizons,26 April 2012 ”

At the IEP lunch debate, Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, spoke on the internal and external challenges of Europe’s future. Brok focused in particular on Europe’s responsibility to formulate financial and political strategies perpetuating Europe’s stability. In the context of the debt crisis, he appealed for more solidarity to be incorporated into European solution strategies, defined by two key factors: a continuing commitment to spread and grow common European goals in the face of emerging nationalist parties across Europe, and an improvement of transparency of political decision-making. Brok concluded by presenting three scenarios for Europe’s future. In the first scenario, Europe ignores problems and challenges, leaving them unsolved. The second scenario, on the other hand, describes a withdrawal of member states in favour of nationalist politics and, therefore, a withdrawal from inevitable global developments. Brok concluded by describing his third and preferred scenario imagining a Europe united by the rediscovery of its power to overcome a crisis.