The EU next 60 years will be an uphill struggle with mindset and demographic problems
Giles Merritt
With the European Union's 60th birthday upon us, it seems appropriate to look ahead to the next 60 years: what will Europe look like in 2077? An alpine valley springs to mind. The years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome are sunlit meadows that stretch gently downhill. The six people strolling along the slope are quite soon joined by three more, even if one of them seems reluctant and a bit sulky. With a pleasant breeze at their backs, the going is fairly easy.
The current global political situation creates a sense of uncertainty and anxiety
Dr Ahmed Dogan
The birth of Bulgaria’s unifying patriotism in a democratic environment is a unique phenomenon in cultural, historical and political terms. I revere the legacy of Vasil Levski, the apostle of freedom, and what I want to say is the fruit of the seeds he once sowed in the soil of the collective spiritual make-up. This unifying patriotism markedly differs from European and regional nationalisms in that it does not view the ethnic-based nation as an end in itself or a prerequisite for consolidating processes in society to occur.
Sebastian Dullien
Britain has chosen to leave the EU at a crucial moment for the world economy and the world trading system. Indications are growing that the continuous integration of global markets for goods and services, as well as of cross-border supply chains, is coming to an end. Moreover, the global trend of negotiating increasingly deep and wide-reaching free-trade agreements (FTAs) also seems to have hit a wall.