PROSPECTS FOR EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION
European civilization, or Western one in broader notion, ceases to perform a dominant role in the world. The civilizing mission of Europe gradually comes to a close. The greatest in the world’s history European project of peaceful integration is losing its momentum of modernization. In the face of growing pressure for economic competitiveness, liberal democratic and free-market constitutional fundamentals of Western world appear to lose the previous quality of development. There are many social, economic and cultural phenomena and processes in Europe and the world that threaten the principles of humanism and democracy. The aforementioned tendencies may constitute a ground for conflicts and intra-civilizational confrontations, as well as give impulse to form a peaceful coexistence in the name of cooperation in multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-racial world. The fate of European civilization and its place in the world’s great transformation will depend to a great extent on the chosen way of solving European and global problems.
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