United Regions of Europe
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Metropolitan population growth
Map of commuting
Each city has it’s hinterland. The city is a provider of jobs and goods. Consumers of goods (services) offered in the city live in the hinterland. — This map shows the different structure of commuting in cities.
Urbanisation in Germany
Cities are the nuclei of a future Europe
Europe's future will happen in its cities. The capital regions of our continent have had the fastest growing population in the last twenty years, whereas the number of inhabitants outside of metropolitan regions has increased more slowly.
"With regard to the second tier metropolitan regions, these have showed the lowest growth rates. As development trends vary from country to country, it seems that capital cities influence development unevenly.
In Poland for example, growth in population concentrated in the capital region only. In contrast, in the UK apart from the capital, the smaller metro regions also gained in population.
In Germany, the capital and second tier metro regions were the main areas of urban population growth." (EUROCITIES)
Regarding that, the modell of a Europe of regions would support second tier cities as they are the nucleus of their region with a democratic legitimacy, as they are the governmental authority closest to citizens. This would generate a more equal distribution of wealth over the continent.
Statistics show that such a scenario in which second tier cities are supported will lead to at least 0.1% more growth of the GDP by 2030, in comparison to the scenario in which only capital cities are supported.
The map below shows the growth and decrease of population over Europe and the organisation of commuters around the bigger cities.