Europe’s agenda for a changing world
European institutions are not perfect. But the only realistic option is to work on our existing European architecture – not abandon it in favor of more national solutions. Today, we need a united, outward-looking Europe more than ever to make our voice heard. Europeans should appreciate the value of cooperation and the pooling of strengths. Our continent is the most interconnected region on the planet, with eight out of the 10 most globalized countries, according to the DHL Global Connectedness Index 2018. More than any other region, Europe is testament to the opportunities arising from cross-border integration. This should spur us on to staunchly defend the very essence of an open Europe and promote a more interconnected world.
Keeping our identity as an open, outward-looking Europe also means retaining our fundamental openness to people from other global regions. With their diverse talents and skills, migrants from all over the world can greatly enrich our cultures and economies, as they have done in the past. If we fully integrate them and tap their potential, we will also be better equipped to cope with demographic changes leading to an aging and shrinking workforce as well as talent gaps. As many migrants bring knowledge of outside markets, they can also help strengthen Europe’s global business ties.
Today’s young generation of Europeans can – and will – play a key role in our efforts to defend and strengthen our core European values while reaching out to the world. They embody the “European way of life” by working, studying and traveling freely across Europe in pursuit of the best opportunities. Their openness, their expectations and their demands can make a big difference and set free enormous potential for positive change. We have to do more to fully tap into this potential and to get young Europeans to make their voices heard on the political stage.
Europe today is one of the best places in the world to live, work and do business. But it needs a new push forward. Charting the right course will require the courage for change and readiness to take the right steps – toward a Europe that is digitally ahead, leads the way in education and offers the best possible entrepreneurial environment. The stakes are high. That is why companies such as Deutsche Post DHL Group have the responsibility to be part of the discussion and take a stand. Now is the time to preserve what we have achieved in the past, to maintain our openness and to build a confident, vigorous Europe in a changing world. — Dr. Frank Appel
Published: April 2019