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Is Europe’s glass half empty? Instead of hope and optimism for the future, many Europeans seem to fearful. The world that younger people stand to inherit feels more chaotic, less secure, with a degraded environment and degraded prospects. Roughly half of EU citizens currently say they are pessimistic about the future of Europe (the highest number since the height of the Eurozone crisis in 2012-2013).

So, how can we restore hope and optimism for change? We had a comment sent in by Danny Boy, who says he is sixty-two and he doubts he will live long enough to see the end of Europe’s current crisis. In fact, Danny Boy doesn’t think his twenty-three-year-old grandson will live long enough to see the end of the crisis. Should he be more optimistic about the future?

To get a response, we spoke to Anna Triandafyllidou, Professor at the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. What would she say to Danny Boy?

annatriandafyllidounewI would say there are many things to be optimistic about; we live in a more affluent world, more connected, more mobile than ever before. But, of course, not everything seems better than in the 1970s and ’80s; we no longer have the welfare state in the way we used to, and we haven’t yet found the new kind of welfare state we need. We cannot go back, and that is a real challenge for Europe’s left-wing parties. We cannot go back to a “job for life”, secure pensions, and all of that. Yet we haven’t yet found the right model to replace it…

Personally, I don’t think I will have a pension, but I’m trying to find other ways to secure my future in the old age. But we have better health these days, today we live longer and are more active.

I think what we also need to reinvent is the collective level. I was born in 1968 and, when I was 18, young people believed they could change the world. There was a real ideological struggle going on between left and right in society. I was twenty when the Soviet Union collapsed, and the unfortunate thing is that we stopped believing what the collective can achieve. This crisis gives us the opportunity to think and act collectively. People should think of their own collective, go beyond individual self-interest, and think what can we do for the public interest…

To get another perspective, we also but Danny Boy’s comment to Luca Jahier, President of the Various Interests’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee, representing various social, occupational, economic, and cultural organisations that make up civil society across Europe.

jahierI think that is a general mood shared by a lot of people in Europe, and I have to confess that I am 54 and I sometimes have the same sentiments as Danny Boy. But this is not a correct representation of reality, because in the past it was also much harder than it is today. Today, we have access to an enormous amount of opportunities that a person in the 1960s simply didn’t have.

The quality of life in the 1960s and 1970s, the industrial relations, working conditions, all of these were not what they are today. It’s true that today we are anxious about the future of the welfare state… but we also have so many opportunities, in terms of technology, social opportunities, etc.

Yes, the international reality of the day feels much more chaotic, not just in Europe but around us. All around Europe are wars and conflict, not peace as it was in the 1990s. But we also have enormous opportunities. The question is: Do we have the capacity to look in the long-term, do we believe that together we can deliver faster and more effective responses than divided? How we will respond to the new challenges facing society? Will everybody choose to go alone, turn inwards, and rebuild walls? That is the terrible temptation of today… No, the solution is to be open to innovation, to work together, and to be curious about the future and what we can achieve together…

What will it take to restore public hope and optimism in the future? Will the next generation be worse off than their parents? Is the glass half empty, or half full? Let us know your thoughts and comment in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

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    Given the fact only 28% of voters in the EU voted for pro EU MEP’s I would suggest the EU is all but finished & it’s just waiting for the ‘people’ to bury it.

    • avatar
      George

      Don’t forget to start article 50 though with all the loudmouthing. Before you get voted out with no conditions.

    • avatar
      Paul X

      The UK is still a fully paid up member of the EU and therefore we have as much right to loudmouth on this forum as anyone else

      The UK cannot be voted out because until the UK decides to trigger article 50 the result of the referendum is an internal UK matter and as far as the EU is concerned it may as well not even have happened

    • avatar
      George

      The community can and will decide who it wants to live with. The running a mock of the last two decades state directed anti European, chauvinist self lying media, the absolutely shameless lying that drove the referendum as admitted the very next day is what makes it for you a necessity to go.

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Who are you to decide what is “anti European” ?

      There are many different visions of what the EU should be, don’t be so arrogant to think yours is the only one that counts

    • avatar
      Duncan

      @George, you got something right. The referendum was driven by lies. Lies about how the four horsemen of the apocalypse would ride overhead if we voted leave, how we would earn £5,000 less each a year, how Osborne was going to punish. Leave vote by imposing unfair, immoral tax increases if we voted to leave. About how David Cameron was going to secure a more acceptable EU deal so we wouldn’t need to vote to leave. So many lies.

    • avatar
      Joao

      Paul X is absolutely right. As far as the EU is concerned, the UK is a member and it won’t cease to be for 1-2 years, so deal with it.

      What the UK achieved was liberation, freedom, independence. Moreover, it gave hope to the rest of the countries of Europe that were dragged into this madness and increasingly want to get out. The exit doors are now open, lets start being responsible adults that are able to recognize that this project has failed, lets recognize the interdependence that exists between all our countries and work from there. Lets ask the people of Europe what they want for their future (instead of imposing..), and lets respect their decisions (for a change). Lets restore our national sovereignty, our independence, control of our own laws, currency, economy, lets be a set of countries that share a continent and work with each other for mutual benefit.

      If this represents the “anti European” feeling that George often talks about, then I can only conclude I’m a very proud anti European! (if I may rephrase it, I’m Anti-EU, pro-European!)

  2. avatar
    Rácz Tivadar

    A clearly spoken NO to ttip, ceta, forbidding monsanto and genetically “improved” stuff, stop “importing” invaders… There are so many concerns eurocrats are ignoring, but their honestly handling would restore some hope and optimism in the future. This way like until now: no escape.

  3. avatar
    Heba Elshazly

    Justice,job opportunities, real attempt for peace and conflicts ending, and every other aspect that enhance public hope ! What ever good happens today empowers hope for better future !

    • avatar
      Duncan

      This in itself is meaningless. Any and all fiscal deviations need to be shared across all levels of wealth. If gdp goes up 20% and people at the bottom only get a 2% increase to match the 10% inflation there will still be dissatisfaction. Sadly this has been the trend for far too long.

    • avatar
      Joao

      The line of thought that we don’t need in Europe, or in the world….
      Infinite growth in a finite planet. Interesting concept… but nevertheless a delusional one in any logical approach..

  4. avatar
    ironworker

    The actual leaders rather destroy the Union, throw Europe in another financial crisis or start a full scale war than make some adjustments or admit their own mistakes. For our unelected leaders “This Union” is what they have in mind because is serving their enormous political, financial and economic ambitions and ego. For me and probably millions like me, a Union is something way different.

  5. avatar
    George

    A European language taught at school from day one at 5 hours a week.Common external borders, traditional underminers voted out from the political union. Education restored to high levels.Common taxation and other financial requirements for small businesses. Common army. Public transport fully electric

    • avatar
      Duncan

      And this will redress the issue, how exactly?

    • avatar
      Joao

      You’re just copy pasting the same blablabla across this forum….
      ASK THE PEOPLE OF EUROPE WHAT THEY WANT. And after…. well, after you won’t have to copy paste it anymore because the great majority of the people of Europe won’t ever want this for themselves or their countries.

  6. avatar
    Mark Warner

    Remember the social contract? No, look it up and honour that. The EU has shattered and discarded it along with democracy and common sense.

  7. avatar
    mister-ede

    The elite and rich people can have hope. They’ll continue to get more and more rich.

    But for the majority of EU-citizens I have no hope in the moment and also not for refugees.

    So first it has to be clarified if “Danny Boy” is rich or not, before someone really can answer his question.

  8. avatar
    Siva Nesan Jesu

    Public hope and optimism in European life of values and welfare has dwindled by contaminating logic, reason; intellectualism, and love by attempting to bind together and syncretize with inimical external factors in the name of multiculturalism, political correctness, and wrong notion of vanquishing hate by love. Resources and generation are not coping with unjustifiably added extra burden on the economies and efficiencies.

  9. avatar
    Christos Mouzeviris

    Jobs… Prosperity…. Stability… Political cope on… Solutions to people’s problems.. Initiatives…. Vision for the future and clear direction….. Transparency, democratic legitimacy…. Too much to ask? 😊

  10. avatar
    Zbigniew Jankowski

    Even the most progressive ideas, laws, rules, customs etc one day become the past/ turn pessimistic. Thus we need new ones + a clear vision + a little bit of luck. The rest is just simple daily hard work which can give a lot of satisfaction.

  11. avatar
    John Bakema

    How about disbanding it and sending all those complete wastes in Brussels home…..we’re off to a good start already then. This eu and euro should never have happened.
    Own borders, own sovereignity….it really wasn’t that bad in hindsight was it?

  12. avatar
    Peter West

    Once the EU is no more and the vile dictators such as Juncker are got rid of and every country makes its own rules especially on who it allows into its country

  13. avatar
    Mikael Andersson

    Swexit=Sweden exit EU.
    And then finish the economic politics away from Neoliberalistic hegemoni.

  14. avatar
    Phillip Barham

    Yet another remoaner page you are getting clever long winded all round the houses and then it hits you pow all the same old crap

  15. avatar
    Nikos Themelis

    I don’t think there is a future in Europe. I got to far stuck in the depths of austerity, stagnation,poverty,unemployment,xenophobia,racism to be able to come back to the light. The end of Europe will be near, spectacular and catastrophic.

  16. avatar
    Stefania Portici

    la signora Anna Triandafyllidou è del 1968 come me. La signora dice ” Non possiamo tornare ad un lavoro sicuro , pensioni sicure ” parla che non possiamo tornare indietro e che è una sfida dei partiti di sinistra . Esistono partiti di sinistra realmente ? Come fa la sinistra ad accettare politiche economiche neoliberiste ? Poi la nostra Costituzione è tutta fondata sul lavoro e sui diritti sociali del lavoro che è lo Stato a garantirlo e a fare in modo che sia cosi. Non può farlo il mercato questo, il mercato va disciplinato dallo Stato . Dov’è lo Stato ? Se non ci sta ma di cosa ci sta parlando ? Mi dispiace contraddirla ma l’idea di Spinelli di cui lei fa parte del suo gruppo oggi , l’idea era nata per combattere tutto questo e invece ci ritroviamo nell’esatto opposto . L’euro , insieme ai Trattati , ha portato una distorsione del perchè era nata l’Unione Europea. Toglierlo non è indietreggiare ma credo sia essenziale per proteggersi dai ricatti dei mercati internazionali che ci portano su un’altra strada CHE NON VOGLIAMO e ci riportano ad una situazione precedente le due guerre e che ne sono state la causa.

    Mrs. Anna Triandafyllidou is 1968 like me. The lady says, “We can not go to a safe workplace, secure pensions” talk that we can not go back and that is a challenge of the Left parties. There are left-wing parties really? How does the Left to accept neo-liberal economic policies? Then our Constitution is fully based on labor and social rights of the work that is the State to ensure this and to ensure that it is so. can not do this on the market, the market should be regulated by the state. Where is the state? If there is not, but what we’re talking about? I am sorry to contradict you but the idea of ​​Spinelli of which she is part of his group today, the idea was born to fight this and instead we find ourselves in the exact opposite. The euro, together with the Treaties, has led to a distortion of why the European Union was born. Off it is not back but I think it is essential to protect against blackmail of the international markets that take us on another path THAT WE DO NOT WANT and take us back to a previous situation and the wars that have been the cause.

  17. avatar
    Bódis Kata

    I say let’s get rid of the oligarchs’ control over the democratic processes because it corrupts everything from economic policy to social policy, even migration policy.
    What do you think?

  18. avatar
    Duncan

    It’s really simple, if you want people to have hope give them something to feel hopeful about. Stop using a policy of distraction to real concerns and fix them! People need the ability to pay their way in life, they need to have a fair legal and political system, they need to know that their children will have these things, they need to know that criminals and immoral practices and hostile threats will be dealt with efficiently. You know, basically they need government to do it’s job.

  19. avatar
    Andrej Němec

    The victory of Donald J. Trump in the 2016 US presidential elections, the rapprochement with Vladimir Vladimirovič Putin’s Russia;
    A new Worldwide economic deal (Bretton Woods II), linking again the printed money to the gold reservoirs (Gold Standard II);
    The development of Mediterranean Countries (including the Northern shore ones I. E. Italy, Spain and Greece..);
    Jobs, jobs, jobs.

    • avatar
      Joao

      Very hard to get that with the EU around. Don’t believe me? Look to the past 20 years. Lets solve the problem by it’s rotten root.

      p.s: please include Portugal in your little list :p

    • avatar
      George

      What about you starting to put your money where you mouth is.

    • avatar
      Duncan

      @George what’s your obsession with people eating money?

    • avatar
      George

      There is only more liberty in the EU than outside. Or if you want tariffs and a million migrants in your country than deal with it alone.

    • avatar
      Duncan

      @George, how is more tiers of regulation more liberty? How is more courts placing rules on how to live your life more liberty? How is the EU making member states pay in not a tariff? How is the EU’s freedom of movement and inviting refugees in not having migrants in your country?

    • avatar
      George

      So that you deal with the migrants on your own then

    • avatar
      George

      When mother Russia will ask you something remember what you just said.

  20. avatar
    Anti-EU Citizen

    End the project called United States of Europe and distance from USA.We want the old EEG

  21. avatar
    Jeremy Bornstein

    Splitting the Eurozone into a hard and soft Euro and creating a militarized fortress Europe to stop abuse of migrants who rape,steal and take advantage of our generosity.

  22. avatar
    Paul X

    If there’s somebody who is guaranteed to kill of hope for the future it is that pratt Guy Verhofstadt….his quote today

    ” the EU still offered the “cure” for “the cancer of nationalism””

    So having pride in your country is comparable to cancer and the EU is the cure?….the man is a prize buffoon and the sooner I stop contributing to his wages the better

    • avatar
      Duncan

      @Paul x nationalism means very different things depending on perspective. It is. State of mind that can vary greatly from simply being glad to be from a certain place all the way through to anyone different to me needs to die . . . . . So my guess would be what he means when talking about nationalism is something more along the extreme spectrum.

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Actually Duncan the definition of nationalism is quite specific i.e putting your country above all others. Unfortunately some people like to use the word nationalism for what is in reality racism, hate crime, xenophobia or one of many other totally unacceptable attitudes. As you say the state of mind defines someones attitude but being proud of your country doesn’t mean you hate all others any more than being a Muslim makes you a terrorist

      Verhofstadt is using the word in the literal sense as in he wants people to be loyal to the EU over and above their own country and that is something a lot of people will never swallow

    • avatar
      Duncan

      @Paul x, that’s not the definition of nationalism.

      1[mass noun] Patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts.

      ‘an early consciousness of nationalism and pride’

      Synonyms

      1.1An extreme form of patriotism marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries.

      ‘playing with right-wing nationalism’

      1.2Advocacy of political independence for a particular country.

      ‘Scottish nationalism’

      Pronunciation:
      nationalism/ˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m/

      So as I said before it can mean different things to different people, depending on point of view. The fact it’s in part used to describe racists willing to kill/do harm to others because of their beliefs means the word has a stigma to it. It doesn’t mean anyone and everyone who is a nationalist is racist, but it does mean they are often associated together (stereotyping, which is equivalent to racism in my book).

    • avatar
      Paul X

      @ Duncan
      I don’t think anything you say contradicts my point. You can find and quote many different definitions of Nationalism in a variety of online dictionaries some will put a more extreme slant on it than others. For example, the dictionary you have quoted includes the words “extreme” and “superiority” but not all do. My definition is a version without any adjectives and I stand by it. People can be proud of their country and “nationalistic” without being an extremist or feeling superior and to me the problem lies with those who abuse the word Nationalism as though it is a criminal offense

      I’ve already quoted the SNP as an example, are they all Extremists, do they all think Scotland is superior to England?…no most are just proud to be Scottish and that is not illegal, offensive, racist or a cause for terrorism

    • avatar
      Duncan

      @Paul x, my intent was not to contradict your point at all. Merely to help you understand how somebody else, who when talking about nationalism is in fact referring to the less healthy elements of nationalism could indeed believe (and rightly so in this instance) that nationalism is a “cancer”. I do not disagree that there are many other forms nationalism can take, that are far less repugnant than the extremist side of it. But people have a tendency to group everyone into the same categories when talking in an impersonal manner.

  23. avatar
    Clive

    I once bought a property where the previous owner had left a stack of newspapers going all the way back from the 90s to the 70s. I leafed through them and saw the headlines of those days. The Red Brigades, the IRA, war in Iran and Iraq, Cold War tensions… Europe has never had it better. I think that we have had so much peace and quiet in recent decades that people have forgotten or simply don’t know what life was like back then. Sure, we are now experiencing a migration crisis which is causing cultural friction. We are experiencing an irrational actor like IS, causing fear in major European cities. But this is not new. There were bombings in the past all over Europe. The young adults of today (myself included) were just too young to remember or not yet born. the EU has grown into a large, creaking, behemoth and it’s machinery desperately needs an upgrade. But to think that by going back to a Europe of individual nation states, we are making the mistaken assumption that most Leavers had – that we CAN go back to how things were. This is misguided, in my opinion. The world has changed. The Cold War is over. There are no longer 2 superpowers. In a multipolar world, with a resurgent Russia, an ever-stronger China, and an India which is quickly taking its place as a technical and manufacturing powerhouse, Europe needs to remain united. The larger European states should get over their delusions of grandeur and accept the fact that we are stronger united than divided. If the EU is the problem, let’s fix it, not break it!

  24. avatar
    catherine benning

    A complete clean out of the leadership and their conspirators. Rid of all politicians who have been ready to stand by and collude in the destruction we are experiencing via globalisation.

    A clear out of banks and full regulation of their practices returned.

    • avatar
      catherine benning

      @ Paul X

      Your definition of nationalism is absurd.

      http://www.dictionary.com/browse/nationalism

      Nationalism is what created the desire to thwart Hitler and his crew. Nationalism has nothing at all to do with race or xenophobia. And the deliberate use of it to persecute people who feel ‘patriotism’ must be dealt with legally. Politicians who dare to use derogatory terms in the way this man you site has, after his having begged for votes, must be immediately turfed out of office and charged with ‘hate crime’ against those of his nation. Then give him a jail sentence for a minimum of three months. Thereafter, not ever again allow him to run for office in any capacity.

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Erm, Catherine, did you actually read what I had written?

      I gave a definition of Nationalism similar to what is contained in your link (though there are many other links giving vastly different interpretations)…….. and then went on to say that some people (mis)use it to describe what is actually racism etc

      Verhofstadt is clearly misusing it in his statement and I’m in disgust that dare to use the word Nationalism and Cancer in the same sentence……..he may as well say that the majority of Scots people who voted SNP are a cancer

    • avatar
      Duncan

      Again, it’s not a misuse. It’s equivalent to using a different definition of the same word as you to mean something else entirely. He means nationalism as the extreme example (so Hitler styled ideologies of nationalism. Or are you trying to conveniently forget Nazi party is short for Nationalist Socialist Party?) whereas you are talking about nationalism as if it is about pride in your country. Neither definition is wrong, but this idea that the other definition doesn’t exist is wrong.

  25. avatar
    Ana Fonseca

    Start by defending the citizens instead of multinationals. Have some ethics, it would be a good start

  26. avatar
    Yannick Cornet

    More politicians like Prof. Paul Magnette who are set on making sure Europe’s decision-making is open and that treaties contain high social and environmental safeguards. Quite simple really.

  27. avatar
    Bobi Dochev

    Lets start with new elections for new Commission. Current Commissions is total disaster!
    Then lets stop CETA and TTIP and made the deals clear, safe for us and confirmed by referendums.
    And finally – lets put end of the migrations! At least 50% of the people entered EU are not refugees – in fact the refugees stays in camps close to their countries and the efforts should be to stop the wars and improve the situation in the camps before they are able to get back in their home towns. All the rest are ILLEGAL ECONOMICAL MIGRANTS and they should be returned immediately! It is a matter of few days to made the checks not months!
    The only way to bring the optimism back is by making the institutions Work and to see them work for the European citizens not the American companies and Saudi Arabia interest!!!

    • avatar
      Ivan Burrows

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      You cannot have elections for the unelected European Commission, they are a de-facto politburo as defined in the Lisbon treaty.

    • avatar
      Bobi Dochev

      Jean-Pierre Rosa Yeah… but no! That was back in the beginning of 2015 the situation changed dramatically since then.
      There are pretty much no Syrian citizens arrived. Now the main flow is from Africa, and for example: from 16000 migrants entered trough our border only 2000 are Syrian refugees – sorry mate!

    • avatar
      Rémi Martin

      Nobody’s voting for the Kommission Bobi…

    • avatar
      Bobi Dochev

      Rémi Martin Yes, but the Parliament is same criminal story as the Commission. We voted for this people and nobody hear us!
      Just look what Schulz did with Wallonia, the pressure and the threats – and he claim he is social-democrat!
      Thanks for such MP’s and such democrats!
      We have a saying in Bulgaria – The fish start to smell from its head! I think it is time to cut the smelling head!

    • avatar
      Rémi Martin

      This saying is coming from China, we say the same in France!😉

    • avatar
      Bobi Dochev

      Well… lets import some Chinese to manage the Union then :)

  28. avatar
    Stefania Portici

    i costituzionalisti dicono che l’Unione europea non può sviluppare mai in una unione federale , di bilancio ecc….perchè la Costituzione della Germania lo vieta . I tedeschi la vedono come un’organizzazione fra Stati. Se cosi è, cosa stiamo a fare nella UE ? Non ha senso tutta questa sofferenza , sofferenza per cosa ??? Per diventare tutti tedeschi e fare l’interesse della Germania ? Noi non siamo tedeschi e mai lo saremo , vogliamo rispetto dei popoli europei, di tutti i popoli non solo il nostro . Abbiamo bisogno di chiarezza e verità .

    The constitutional experts say that the European Union can never develop into a federal union, budget etc …. because the constitution forbids Germany. The Germans see it as an organization between States. If it is so, what we’re doing in the EU? It makes no sense all this suffering, suffering for what ??? To become all Germans and to the interest of Germany? We are not Germans and never will be, we want to respect the peoples of Europe, of all people, not only ours. We need clarity and truth.

    • avatar
      Rémi Martin

      The fact is that there isn’t an union between all the 27! In the name of what, should one people do something who’s bad for him and good for another one?

    • avatar
      Stefania Portici

      in nome degli Stati Uniti D’Europa. I sacrifici che stiamo facendo ce li fanno passare per questo sogno ! . Se non è e non è neanche una Unione Federale non hanno senso i sacrifici se non per “ingrassare l’ingorda Germania ” e la finanza che ci sta guadagnando a discapito dei popoli. Capisci ora ?

    • avatar
      Stefania Portici

      a noi nessuno ci ha mai detto che la Germania è impossibilitata a fare gli Stati Uniti D’Europa .Oltre a questo sogno mancato la Germania è stata anche scorretta verso gli altri Paesi NON rispettando i Trattati . Oltre l’euro che la favorisce in nome di un sogno altrimenti non lo avremmo accettato , non ha mai rispettato l’exort /import in pareggio . facendo cadere i Paesi nella disperazione . Ha abbassato i diritti dei lavoratori ,NON SI E’ COMPORTATA BENE PER NIENTE andrebbe processata per quel che ha fatto agli altri

  29. avatar
    Stefania Portici

    e l’ESM o fondo salva stati non è la soluzione anzi è un organizzazione finanziaria internazionale per svuotare i basilari principi di democrazia e imporre altra austerità da parte del capitale internazionale

  30. avatar
    Pedro Castro

    The primary concern is already being addressed by this and other medias wich was the serious lack of information regarding europe’s work. You’re obviously working on that subject and now what you need is to give it time for it to do it’s work.

    Regarding the populist parties arround europe i’d say you need to make it so they look like what they are. Hate mongers that live on the negative while presenting absolutly no alternative. Ridicule and mockery sound to me as the best solution but i’m in no way an expert on propaganda, i’m sure there are others more qualified and payed to figure out how.

    Both of these solutions help out with european morale while assisting cohesion.

  31. avatar
    Diaconu George Razvan

    So CETA , that basically sais that corporations are above a countries sovereignty almost gets passed and we should be optimistic about EU?

  32. avatar
    Faddi Zsolt

    Watch and listen Jacques Fresco”s “The Venus Project” and you will get an answer to your question.

  33. avatar
    Zbigniew Jankowski

    Start thinking about the future and stop referring to the past. We’re almost 20 years into the new century and I think that many politicians have not noticed that yet.

  34. avatar
    Oli Lau

    the more power you give to state, the less control you have on your own life. there is no hope when you have nothing to say about your future.

    remove all these bureaucracies, endless regulations, controls, etc. regain your freedom.

    • avatar
      Iksas Ygrikas

      lack of regulations: anarchy, too much regulations: socialism… why dont we find a compromise!

    • avatar
      Miguel Cabrita

      Iksas Ygrikas you are asking for the impossible. Lets go for it!

    • avatar
      André Alves

      That more like anarchy lol

    • avatar
      Pier Dal Ri

      Why not become a tax heaven by cutting all these unuseful expenses, here is the tax hell

    • avatar
      Oli Lau

      yeah it is so much beter living in a tax hell.

    • avatar
      カメニャク マリオ

      Yes, because a ‘tax hell’ as you guys call it provides basic services which protect both our human and social rights which makes living in it COMFY FOR EVERYONE.

  35. avatar
    GonEprata Megarp

    All these debating europe is pro—liberal and anti—nationalism bullshit, these are the ones who dont want anything to change thats why they question and fear everything that changes…they are the guys whose minds fly around in an umbrella in the middle of the day.

  36. avatar
    Enric Mestres Girbal

    The only ones with some optimism and hope are the EU politicians and burocrats because the european countries are too involved in the general corruption then dare to kik their ass.

  37. avatar
    Zbigniew Jankowski

    Organistanional restructuring of the European management, coexistence systems. The current system is outdated.

  38. avatar
    Liam Storey

    elimination of the Political Class and their replacement by responsible free thinking individuals who look towards the prosperity of the future than fighting the ideological legacy battles of the past.

  39. avatar
    Marko Martinović

    Protecting your people, economy and sovereignty of its states. Freedom of speech. Transperency. End of political correctness tyranny. Banning foreign law, such as Sharia. Deporting dangerous refugees

  40. avatar
    Andrew Potts

    EU to represent the interests of Europeans rather then global NGOs and global business.

  41. avatar
    Zap Van Der Berg

    In the short term We need more demostrative leadership closer to the people (who change their dress code once in a while, who fly to conflict zones, etc… More engaged in national debates, etc…) more populist acts, less political correctness (for example macron speaking against trump or sending the french army to oppose him if he does something stupid, idk, maybe bad example but strong imternational action shows huge dividens in popularity (as shown by putin post krim) in the long term we need to show the people concrete advancements, beter food quality, investment in renewables, development of new technologies, etc… PESCO or announcing west balkan EU access by 2025 got a lot of people excited, i think more than all that even though they migjt not solve them immediatly, what the public wants is to see the people in charge are aware of their problems, are discussing it etc… And there is hope for a solution, hope to have beter food quality, beter medicine, beter standard of living in general,,everytime the EU promotes organic farming, infrastructure and education investment in low income EU members, etc.. Someone somewhere regains a bit of hope

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    Antonio Pinto Caldeira

    It may sound naïf but replace the politicians by “wise men” chosen by direct vote of the global european population. No lobbying whatsoever, the main driver must be the population interest, only that way you can restore the population confidence and its sense of community.

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    Anonymous

    Return to the policies and principles of the EEC. We signed up to a trading and cooperation bloc of sovereign nation states not a wannabe federal superstate.

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