Also at stake are opportunities for young scientists to conduct high- quality research instead of being trapped in a multitude of mediocre backwaters. By and large Europe is chaotic, with an infinite number of barriers to effective collaboration. The collaboration I belong to is a real achievement, but it is just a tiny drop in an ocean of missed opportunities.
The EU is not to be equated with Europe, true, but in my experience Brussels is the major source of help in spite of its alienating arrogance and bumbling waste. In comparison, the European Science Foundation (covering all Europe) is much more efficient and user-friendly, but is almost pathetic in the tiny resources it is given.
Finally, at stake is the future peace of Europe. It is obvious that the bonds between peoples are not strong enough to hold us together in the face of any severe tension.
Professor VOLKER HEINE