Jakarta- European Union (EU) is in a state of distress. After Brexit, EU challenges in dealing with globalization problems (economics, political and demographics) have significantly increased. One of the most visible problems is an unprecedented level of migratory pressures. Currently, EU claimed that the total of refugees and displaced people has reached 60 million. Other obvious problems are the economic slowdown, readjustment of power and unluckily less support by international law and rises of protest votes in western Europe.
The topic has been discussing on public discussion series “Anticipating the World Under Duress: Does Europe Have a Game Plan?” in Intercontinental Hotel, Tuesday (06/12/2016). Attended as the speakers, H.E. Vincent Guerend (Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam), Marty Natalegawa (former foreign minister of Indonesia) and Desi Anwar (news anchor). The discussion was moderated by Dino Patti Djalal (former Indonesian Ambassador to the United States).
Vincent Guerend affirmed that EU has a game plan to face the under global pressure condition namely, EU Global Strategy (EUGS). The objective of the strategy is to keep citizens safe, preserve EU interest and uphold EU values. Regarding global commitment, EU determines to a global order based on international law, ensuring human rights, sustainable development and lasting access to the global commons. “Sustainable development goals will drive reform and implementation will be a reference point for change across all internal and external policies. EU believing in the United Nations that means notably in it is peacekeeping, mediation, peacebuilding and humanitarian functions,” said Vincent.
On the other hand, Marty Natalagewa tells that Indonesia and Europe have same challenges in terms of economics and security. They also still grappling with global proxy issues which make local, national, and global to be borderless. So that, EU as one of the global power must concern on fundamental issues. To ease fundamental issues, they need comprehensive completion. “Local, national, global should be intertwined. We have begun to lose the plot, and leaders assume the worst [in others] and we become entrapped in a worst-case assumption in which we need to protect ourselves,” he said.