Unless handled with great care, Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will accelerate Europe’s decline. That’s the message from the prologue to Slippery Slope: Brexit and Europe’s Troubled Future, a book by Giles Merritt, founder and Chairman of our sister think-tank, Friends of Europe.
Is Merritt right sound the alarm about Europe’s decline? Will a new economy based on changing technology and the rise of Asia bring about a weakening of Europe’s place in the world? And is there anything we can do to arrest our journey down the slippery slope?
Debating Europe is excited to announce the launch of our book club – a chance to put your questions and comments to authors from across the globe!
Each month, we will pick a different book and interview its author, and put questions and comments to them from our readers on the topic of the book.
Our inaugural book of the month for April will be “Slippery Slope: Brexit and Europe’s Troubled Future” by Giles Merritt. In his book, Giles Merritt argues that Brexit has hastened Europe’s decline, as rapidly-developing economies from Asia, to Latin America, to Africa shift the global balance of power.
To halt the decline, Merritt argues that Europe must take steps to establish a real political union (which includes much greater transparency and democratic control from citizens), and push for a pro-growth agenda, with a massive pan-European investment plan and with the European Central Bank given beefed up powers to promote jobs and growth.
You can see a video summary of the book online here:
How can we reverse Europe’s decline? Does Europe need to engage in deep and comprehensive reform in order to stave off irrelevance? Now is your chance to put your comments and questions to Giles Merritt about his book – so let us know in the comments below what you would like to ask him!
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