Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Céline Diebold, Thomas Fischer, Benjamin Dierks

Policy Brief #2013/06:
Europe’s Sustainability Strategy - A Casualty of the Euro Crisis or an Ambitious Restart?

Policy Brief Series Future Social Market Economy

  • 1. edition 2013 (PDF)
  • Free of charge

Europe’s economy should not just grow, it should also target social inclusion and the responsible use of resources. The goal of sustainability may be embedded in the Treaty on European Union and the EU’s economic strategies, but the emphasis on GDP growth and competitiveness in battling the crisis threatens to undermine efforts to establish a common approach for sustainable economic activity. This may be unavoidable during an acute crisis. But in the long term, the EU must show the way forward.