In February 2014 at the London Economic Symposium, an international economics and politics conference organized by students, professor Simon Anholt held an insightful talk regarding “Europe: Lost in transformation?”


Yes, youth unemployment rate in Greece hit 59% in 2013. Yes, in my beloved country, Italy, the debt to GDP reached 132% in 2013. And yes, Angela Merkel fell down the ski slopes! The world has so many needs that are waiting to be tackled. However, let’s not feel sorry for ourselves. Instead, let’s take a new and optimistic perspective: we were born in such an interesting time that we will never be bored. As an ancient Chinese proverb says: “ May you live in interesting times ”.

Globalization led diseases become global, illicit goods to be easily traded and climate change to be the latest headache of governments. On a positive note, globalization led to the creation of the United Nations. Did you know that the millennium target of reducing extreme poverty rates by half has been achieved 5 years ahead the 2015 deadline? Did you know that the millennium target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water has been achieved well in advance of the 2015 deadline?

The UN has done a pretty good job to make the world a better place; yet, it lacks the power to become a universal leader, a provider of universal instructions that can lead the countries to act as ONE. The time to play “Risk” is gone: the battle for power between countries has become redundant and the rules of the game should be rewritten. Imagine how the global problem of illicit goods traffic could achieve a global solution by uniting the expertise of Mexico, Morocco (biggest supplier of cannabis) , Uruguay (biggest buyer of cannabis) and maybe the fresh perspective of an outside country.

Europe is the most successful symbol of multinationalism in the world: if you gather all the countries in the world that start with “M”, you’ll find that they have more things in common than all the countries in Europe. Yet, Europe  is “lost in transformation” because wisdom is coming really slowly. We can turn globalization in our favour by stop acting as islands and start acting as ONE UNITED Europe. 

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Rebecca Marocco

Rebecca Marocco

Third Year student in Economics and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London. Eclectic writer, passionate leader and sports lover.