The Guardian – Public Leaders

Published on the 8th of April 2014.

Education, EU trade policy and gender diversity are key areas that can drive global prosperity, according to Silvana Koch-Mehrin. Speaking in London as part of the Global Public Leaders series of talks, the MEP says political cycles are too often the biggest obstacles to long-term change, but public leaders can provide the commitment necessary for meaningful change. Citing the low youth unemployment rate in Germany, Koch-Mehrin notes the success of vocational education and incentives to work. She notes that politicians and public leaders have to find a new balance when negotiating trade agreements, because they are now far more part of political participation, and also says European countries should extend gender quotas and consider increasing incentives for women to return to work after maternity leave, to create greater economic growth.