7.4 Making Europe sustainable for the future

7.4 Making Europe sustainable for the future

We have to allow several experiments to take place side by side and then see who has the best concept. That means letting mistakes happen. Mistakes are part of the discovery process. Without the willingness to admit errors, innovation cannot take place. "Creative destruction" is the lynchpin of the market economy and the progress of civilisation. Nor must we talk our way out of global competition. Good politics are judged by the voters and they can hardly judge politics in other regions of the world. To make a good decision, they need examples of better policies right on their doorstep.

Europe must find its way back to itself. It is the so-called pro-Europeans who have not understood the essence of Europe. We need a EU that limits itself to a few core competencies and makes the future possible through ideas and diversity. We must go back to a situation where people can feel pride in national and European values and in their own achievements. There is no automatic way of ensuring that Western values, such as democracy and human rights, are spread throughout the world. Only if Europe engages with other regions of the world not only with its moral sermons but also through a functioning social and economic model can Europe perhaps once again become a beacon for the world.


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