, July 2
2005)that when the European Commission presented the Lisbon Agenda2000, the accompanying research was littered with references to theUnited States but that the word China did not appear once. It seemsfair to say that after the lifting of tariffs on Chinese textiles at the startof 2005 the subsequent squealing of European clothing manufacturershas put Chinese trade firmly on the agenda. As
pointsout the danger is that political populism will lead to a resurgence of protectionism on continental Europe, and this will have grave conse-quences. As Tony Blair put it in his speech to the European Parliament,on 23
June 2005, Europe would risk
failure on a grand strategicscale.
The purpose of our social model should be to enhance our ability to compete, to help our people cope with globalisation, to let them embrace its opportunities and avoid its dangers. Of course we need a social Europe. But it must be a social Europe that works.
ve been told how to do it. The Kok report in 2004 shows the way. Investment in knowledge, in skills, in active labour market policies,in science parks and innovation, in higher education, in urban regen-eration, in help for small businesses. This is modern social policy, not regulation and job protection that may save some jobs for a time at the expense of many jobs in the future.
Blair cites the Kok report in his speech. It is worth taking a small detourto see some of the points that were made in this document
regarding the United Kingdom. Of particular concern is our level of spending on Research and Development (R&D).
Delivering Lisbon - Reforms for the enlarged Union
(COM 2004/29); for the U.K.,under
Viagra for the British economy?