2009 - The Year of Europe? Yes, we Must!

By Sven Grimm

Opinion No. 3 - January 2009

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This year is likely to see the European Union hit the headlines. The year 2009 is an important year that holds a number of opportunities for Europe. Challenges are big and global changes occur rapidly. Europe can potter along and risk falling into global oblivion – or use the crisis to actually make it a year of Europe. Two key opportunities are already on the European agenda for 2009:

(1) we are deciding about key political personnel in the EU, and

(2) there are structural changes looming, at long last.