Trends in the European Union: Education Seen Driving Prosperity
The European Union has its share of education successes. Finland outperforms the world on international exams in math and science. The Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and several other European countries all score above the international average on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA.
But with the cooperative agreements that have strengthened the economic and political ties among the 27 countries in the European Union, education has been gaining new attention as a way to ensure the region’s competitiveness.
Some observers have suggested that a unified Europe will prove stiff competition to the United States as a result of its growing “global economic and political clout,” writes T.R. Reid in his 2004 book The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy .
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