The Collapse of European Civilization ContinuesWhile Europe, or at least Western Europe, is on the verge of collapsing, Europeans are preparing for space exploration between 2015 - 2025. Given the current trends, we may be so mired in civil wars and conflicts on our continent by then that I doubt we can afford any missions to the moon:
Nightmare of social Europe
Europe is grappling with three separate threats to its future. Any one of them could well prove fatal to the EU's social model. Combined, they are devastating. The first has been the sharpening of competition, with its consequent pressure on wages and on employment, which helps explain why France and Germany are grappling with double-digit unemployment. The second threat to Europe's social model is the demographic disaster. The third threat to the European social model is immigration, which is ironic, because immigration was supposed to be part of the solution to the demographic disaster. The principle of solidarity that underpins Europe's social model is under attack on several fronts. The pension crisis strains the solidarity between young and old. The competition from low-wage Poles and Czechs strains Europe's solidarity across borders. The immigration problem strains the solidarity between races and religions.
Europe Prepares Its Own Exploration Blueprint
European space scientists are expected to adopt in May a broad blueprint for space exploration between 2015 and 2025, despite the fact their spending power for that period is as unknown as the deep-space phenomena they want to explore. The European Space Agency’s Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program lays out a series of science goals, including visits to the outer solar system, landings on near-Earth objects, space-based astronomy observatories and a search for conditions that might support life on other worlds.