With the eurozone's periphery struggling to emerge from the worst economic crisis in decades, for many across the continent the so-called 'European dream' has turned into a nightmare.
One major member state is even asking itself the question whether it is really worth being a member of the EU club at all.
High employment and weak growth have taken centre stage in this age of austerity; governments everywhere are tightening their belts, putting Europe's cherished social model at risk.
Joop Hazenberg, a young Dutch author, has just released his book “Next Europe” in which he pinpoints a way out from all the doom and gloom.
He addresses the challenges that Europe will face in the next decades and seeks the answers to how it remain a global economic player.
But it won't be easy. “Europe’s quiet evenings are over. We have to prepare mentally, physically and structurally for a bumpy ride,” says Hazenberg.
Joop Hazenberg will be debating with YPFP members at IFRI on September 24th to discuss the future of Europe and how the next generation of young professionals can play a role in shaping its success.
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