In general, Europe is suffering from
decision-making mechanisms that are
difficult to understand for the majority of
citizens. Even if major progress has been
made, especially in boosting the role of the
European Parliament, the EU is still seen
as distant by European citizens, and in
many countries there is a great temptation
to blame “Brussels” for everything that
The Europe to which we aspire is in great
danger – unemployment is exploding,
jobs are becoming increasingly insecure,
social and environmental dumping is
commonplace, populism and protectionism
are gaining ground, and citizens are losing
confidence in their leaders, both at national
and European level.
Schoolchildren in a windmill in Samsø, Denmark.
“Initiative implies the desire to transgress.
Innovation is a successful disobedience.”
Michel Dupoirieux, Union régionale des Sociétés
coopératives et participatives (SCOP)
de Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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