A hundred years ago in Munich the work of Oswald Spengler “Der Untergang des Abendlandes” — “Fall of the West” was published (also translated as “The Decline of Europe”). And in 1922 a collection of articles by N.A. Berdyaev, Ya.M. Bukspan, A.F. Stepun, S.L. Frank “Oswald Spengler and the Decline of Europe” published in Moscow. So in Russian, “The Fall of the West” began to sound like “The Decline of Europe”. A hundred years later, we again turn to this work and discuss the challenges facing Europe today. In 2017 the Davos World Economic Forum of the Council of Europe published a short report “Europe: what to expect in 2016-2017”.
The report notes that the EU “seems to be moving from one accident to another” and that “Europeans do not look at deeper long-term tasks”, and “how the European Union copes with its immediate problems in the next couple of years will determine how the continent will live in the coming decades”.
Keywords: decline of Europe, Oswald Spengler, solidarity crisis, integration, migration crisis, regionalism.