Economic crisis : beneficial for the future of the old and the new Europe ?

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Master of laws (LLM), consultant for countries applying for EU membership

Seminar Entrepreneurs, towns and regions | Wednesday January 5, 2011 - 8h45 - 10h45

Countries in Central, East and South-East Europe have moved on from the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century dominated by Communist which lasted for about forty years, with a view of man and politics which is both mistrustful and tainted .From their point of view, the countries of so-called 'free Europe' for the past thirty years or so, have lapsed into an Anglo-Saxon neoliberalism which shows little prospect of building a collective, calm and dynamic entity. The current economic crisis has the advantage of revealing the inconsistencies and weaknesses of various countries which previously had been masked by the reunification of Europe which was too rapid considering the lack of knowledge and the illusions that various countries had of each other. One should seize this opportunity, highlighted by the current crisis, to solve the financial, moral and identity problems of the past, and to build the foundations for a new direction which can revitalise the European project. However, revamping Europe requires being able to think up new ideas. Where will we find the inspiration for that ?

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This session was published in issue n°89 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Miser sur le rêve.

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