Whist we at WIDER EUROPE wanted Britain to remain in the EU, and play a leading, positive role in making the EU more competitive in tomorrow's global market, including the creation of an EU/USA trade alliance that would cover half the world's economic output and more than a third of all trade flows, this was not to be. We wait to see what will emerge from the British decision to leave the EU.
Despite the continuously changing dynamics of the European Union, we want the EU to:
- be enlarged further by admitting as member states Turkey, the Balkan countries, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Moldova, once they have met the accession criteria;
- interact fully with its European neighbourhood, (the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Russia and countries where it has strong influence), which, with a population approaching 1 billion, a major youth bulge and a substantial combined GDP, is a key player that faces major challenges; and
- engage more with young people so they can help determine future European policies and actions that both reflect important global issues and take account of key stakeholders.