The European Union is the most successful supranational organization in history. It has reconciled former enemies, established a single market and a common currency, and reintegrated Central and Eastern Europe into the West. Yet the EU remains unsatisfying to its members and its partners. An economic giant but a political pygmy, it seems hamstrung by bureaucracy and a lack of connection to European publics. In Europe 2030 , distinguished authors predict what the European Union will look like twenty years from new. A range of views is presented, foreseeing everything from slower growth and diminished power to actions that would make the EU a more vigorous, influential world play. Contributors include Oksana Antonenko (International Institute for Strategic Studies), Jose Manuel Durao Barroso (European Commission), Jose Cutileiro (former secretary general, Western European Union), Joschka Fischer (former minister of foreign affairs, Germany), Charles Grant (Center for European Reform), Andrew Hilton (Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation), Jonathan Laurence (German Marshall Fund, Boston College and Brookings Institution), Rui Chancerelle de Machete (consititutional and administrative attorney), Hubert Vedrine (former minister of foreign affairs, France), and Joseph H.H. Weiler (New York University).
Ambassador Daniel Benjamin is the coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State. He is a former senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he served as director of the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe. He is the coauthor, with Steven Simon, of The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War Against America and The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting It Right.