Amsterdam2012: Ending the Crisis

The global financial crisis has lasted for five years and economic indicators show few signs of improvement. With Spanish youth unemployment in excess of 50% and concerns about the viability of the Euro, this crisis is no ordinary economic set back and is quickly becoming a threat to a generation.

Failing institutional structures, which were designed in Maastricht (the Netherlands) exactly 20 years ago, contribute heavily to the severity of the current crisis. Against this backdrop, over 300 young people from all over Europe will ‘return’ to the Netherlands to evaluate and rethink what approach is required for the next twenty years and to discuss solutions to the crisis.

In doing so, they will not stop at immediate fixes, but will consider the direction that Europe should follow over the next decades. What actions should our leaders take to ensure long-term growth and stability in the Eurozone? To what extent can we learn from the vitality of Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRIC countries)? What will the global economy look like in twenty years? These are the broad questions that will be addressed during ‘Amsterdam2012’.

More specifically, four committees of fifteen students will focus specifically on questions relating to the crisis (the others will discuss other issues that are relevant for Europe today) and on Wednesday the 7th of November there will be a special theme night in the Rijksmuseum. Here, author Roel Jansen will speak about what kind of leadership is required in the Eurozone today, and Tex Gunning of AkzoNobel will give a speech on what kind of leadership might be expected from the corporate world. In addition, speakers throughout the ten-day programme will be asked to comment on what they see as the way forward in this economic crisis.

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