February 21, 2014
The European Union is in itself a remarkable achievement. It is the result of a process of voluntary economic and political integration between the nation states of Europe. Nevertheless, the EU currently faces a number of challenges that threaten the progress that has been made over the last decennia. How the EU will deal with these challenges will be key to its future success.
One of the critical reasons why the immense European financial, economic, social and political crises have turned out so difficult to resolve is the associated collapse of trust which used to be the foundation for reliable action. The global crises have tested the vital element of trust. The dramatic vote of distrust in Europe is in and of itself a crisis and its dynamic is surely worth studying.
Senior Trainee invited 28 youngsters from every European member state to rethink how the EU is governed and to explore practical solutions for the complex trust crisis in Europe today. What is the way forward for the EU? How to Trust Europe Again? discusses the main problem the EU is facing today, a chronic lack of trust. Where did this come from and how can we dissolve it? This book is a great opportunity for young people to be heard and to make a difference. Will you listen?
Although the themes debated in this ebook vary from essay to essay, the goal of this ebook is to develop a platform of exchange of ideas and recommendations on the shaping of the European Union. Trust cannot easily be restored once it has eroded, but more formal means of securing the confidence through credible sources of information, fair forms of contract, and new forms of regulation might provide reliable conditions for a better Europe.
The authors co-writing the book are a collection of 28 young talents from each individual European member state, with policy work experience in Brussels and abroad, but above all with an unique idea for a better future.
Senior Trainee, which supports the project, is a platform for young European professionals to exchange ideas and recommendations on the shaping of the EU through ebooks. With a nod to the amount of traineeships young European policy professionals have to fulfil, the name Senior Trainee covers the ‘by whom and for whom’ part of the platform. Senior Trainee is an opportunity for young people to be heard and to make a difference.