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excerpt from: Tomorrow's Europe
[...] The European Union is a concept that needs continuous attention. The EU, like any national government, needs to keep an open mind to the changes in the mind-set of society, its citizens and developments in local and global economy. Adaptability and flexibility is key. Europe needs a self-critical and constructive attitude of its leaders, as well as its citizens. Europe needs to be a binding force where it can contribute to the larger transnational goals, instead of a dividing force by overregulation. Europe needs to give space to its partners to flourish under their own conditions and by acknowledging the differences. The EU provides us with key-principles as subsidiarity and proportionality to realise this. Let us make much better use of them in the near future!