The Divide in the EU and Emerging Hard Populism
Chapter 9: The civilizational crisis in the ECE region
This final chapter gives an overview of the relative backsliding of civilization in ECE in social and human capital, creating a civilizational crisis. At the beginning of systemic change ECE already had a ‘civilizational incompetence’ compared to the West, and this historically cumulated gap was an absolute civilizational deficit. With EU membership it has increased into a relative civilizational deficit, given the rapid development of the innovation-driven economy in the West and the low level of human investment in ECE. This deficit appears in the relative backwardness of public services, in particular in education and health care; therefore large numbers of the population have not been able to develop a Western way of life in general and competitive skills in particular. It has resulted in the decreasing competitiveness of ECE in the ‘new economy’ and the mass exodus to the West of the ECE population.
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