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Challenges and Choices for Europe

Global Trends to 2030
8 April 2019

The next decade will be defining for the future of Europe and Europe’s role in the world. Seismic global power shifts; pressure on liberal democracies; challenges to global governance; the transformation of economic models and the very fabric of societies; new uses and misuses of technology; contrasting demographic patterns; and humanity’s growing ecological footprint – the world is well on its way towards a new geopolitical, geo-economic and geo-technological order. What role will Europe play in this fast-changing world?

Following the inaugural edition of 2014, the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) has issued its second report Global Trends to 2030: Challenges and Choices for Europe.

Ahead of the May 2019 European Parliament elections, this edition is a contribution to support policy- and decision-makers in the new 2019-2024 EU institutional cycle, as well as a tool to continue nurturing a ‘culture of preparedness’ and anticipation across the European Union.

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ESPAS is an inter-institutional collaboration between the officials of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European External Action Service, in association with the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, the European Investment Bank and the European Union Institute for Security Studies, to work together on medium and long-term trends facing or relating to the European Union.