Beyond the referendum - Europe's place amid three revolutions - Tuesday, 1st September 2015 Europe House
The transformative pace of globalisation continues at breakneck speed, throwing up existential questions for decision-makers. The authors of “Global trends to 2030: Can the EU meet the challenges ahead?” by the inter-institutional European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) identify three on-going global revolutions - economic and technological; social and democratic, and geopolitical - and seek to distil how they and five big trends within them will shape the governance, markets and society of tomorrow.
Will the technological revolution also fuel societal disruption, unemployment, inequalities and an impoverishment of the middle classes? Will the social revolution make better connected individuals rejuvenate their social contracts and invent new forms of governance that would diminish the role of traditional structures such as political parties and trade unions? Will the geopolitical revolution and the emergence of an increasingly multipolar world risk Europe's ability to manage increased interdependence and to uphold weak states and prevent destructive anti-state forces from exploiting the system's inevitable loopholes?
According to the authors of this report, the coming decades are likely to bring about growing turbulence and radical change to the way Europe and our societies function and within the next 10 to 15 years, the European Union, the citizens and the Member States are facing a series of challenges that have to be addressed.
Our expert panellists hold a discussion on September 1st at Europe House.
The hashtag for this event was: #globaltrendsEU.
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Mr James ELLES
Honorary President, ESPAS (European Strategy and Policy Analysis System)
PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT BY:
Team Leader, The Secretary-General Cabinet, European Parliament
Europe Editor, The Economist
The event was organised in partnership with The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS).