Competition winner: Back to the future EU

Fourteen years on, Sophie Paterson revisits her winning essay on what Europe will look like in 50 years

The World Today Published 5 February 2021 Updated 4 February 2021 3 minute READ

In January 2007, The World Today ran a series of articles marking the European Union’s 50th anniversary and launched an essay competition in which high school pupils were asked to imagine the next 50 years of the EU. Sophie Paterson, who was one of the winners, wrote about the future upheavals that were in store for the EU: 

The Europe we know today has spent the last half century forming, defining and more recently expanding the frameworks of free trade and democracy … Yet this prosperity that we so take for granted may well be threatened in the face of future events seemingly beyond our control.

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