- Kevin Tinholt
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European Union, Pan-European Association or Complete Disintegration? Cooperation in 2020 and can International Organizations Play a Role?
Ode to Joy by Beethoven, the national anthem chosen by the European union to represent brotherhood and the unification of all mankind seems nowadays nothing more than a mean joke. Though like brothers the leading European States now bicker on who is going to be the next successor to the continent's wealth and inherit the prestige that comes with it. Nevertheless, in the last years we did see an increase in collaboration, but if this collaboration is because of mutual interest of the abiding of those who have become the scapegoat of the world.
So what is the future of the European Union? Will we see more integration? Or will we keep today's system of integrated closed communities/systems under a haphazard rule of law? Can the coming economic transition create the impulse for increased collaboration, both economically and scientifically, or will we see the formation of Pan-European clusters?
I want to start it off with proposing a scenario.
1. A "true" unification of the European Peninsula will have, without a doubt, great benefits for upcoming generations of Europeans and the rest of the world. Though with the disputed state identity such an unification will not go smoothly, I mean which nation would want to lose their national self-identity? Any politician supporting this idea nowadays would be signing his own letter of resignation.
So if we do need these well integrated institutions which are internationally accountable, why not let International Organizations handle it? These organizations absent of any national identity could lay the groundwork for future development. With projects such as CERN, why not also connect every national research institution/university into an European network? Such efforts could standardize our education standards and revolutionize higher-education. This collaboration in turn would be beneficial to all the economies in the European Union as it would increase their competitiveness globally.
What do you people think?