Mar 22

Tough times for the Europeans….

This is not necessarily the best time to declare oneself a European. Probably at no other time has the idea of European integration been more heavily discussed and the notion of the European solidarity put more in doubt. Unfortunately the current discussion concentrates mostly on money and who should give how much under what conditions to whom.

There is no doubt: money is important and the situation in Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and some other EU countries became dramatic partly in result of the drastic budget cuts. The situation was further worsened by the lack of a long-term vision that would convince the peoples of Europe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. But even if there was such a vision, at present there is no European leader that would be able to present it in a convincing way. Currently one can only choose between lackluster Manuel Barosso, efficient but lacking any trait of a leader Herman van Rompuy and the loved in German and largely hated in the majority of other European countries Angela Merkel, the most influential woman since Margaret Thatcher. But what we need instead is a “European Obama”, someone like the fathers of the EU, who just a few years after the most brutal of all wars, at the time when Europe still lay in ruins, presented a brave proposal to cooperate with the former enemies instead of repeating the old mistakes of building walls between them. What we need now more than at any other time over the last seven decades is another Schumann, Monet or Delors, who would push the process of the European integration forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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