'Europe isn't working' admit young Brussels bureaucrats as they call for greater union

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In a rare move, a group of young public servants and diplomats based in the European Union's headquarters in Brussels has launched a passionate plea for a more constructive and far-reaching debate about the fate of Europe. Members of the group, called Euro2030, want to remain anonymous to avoid embarrassing the institutions its members work for. But with under two weeks to go before European elections, this new generation of officials at the very heart of the EU has become frustrated both by the tone of the current debate on Europe and by the failures of the EU itself. The group's analysis of Europe's faults and its proposed solutions are at loggerheads with the orthodox view of Brussels institutions. Above all, the young bureaucrats admit that the EU dream is not working – and that European integration “runs the risk” of losing the support of the continent's people. Ludovic Lamant reports.

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A group of young Eurocrats working at the heart of the European Union's key institutions has launched a bold appeal for a fuller debate and a new direction for Europe, with under two weeks to go before key European parliamentary elections. The impassioned call for action – which includes forthright criticism from the very people who make the EU function - was first published exclusively by Mediapart, in French, here, on Monday May 12th. It is now also available on the group's website in English.

The group, which calls itself Euro2030, is made up of young bureaucrats in Brussels – most are in their thirties – from different member countries of the Union, most of whom work in the EU's key institutions, the European Commission, the European Council, the Parliament and the European Central Bank. Describing themselves as “advisors to European leaders, advisors in national permanent representations to the European Union, parliamentary assistants, officials from European institutions”, they have asked to remain anonymous because they do not want to embarrass the institutions they work for.