Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The European election and non-linear history

On Sunday May 25th we will vote our representatives in the European Parliament. It will be Euro-scepticism versus the dream of a more united Europe.
Europe has only 7% of the world population, but 25% of world GDP, and concentrates 50% of global social spending. It is a model worth preserving an expanding. The model faces enormous challenges. But Europe has enough wealth to solve many of its problems as long as it achieves coordinated solutions, that should be more federal than intergovernmental.
For the first time, we will elect a Parliament that will subsequently elect the President of the European Commission, the executive body of the Union. Many of us would like even more democracy than this, for example by directly electing a president by universal suffrage, or by sending our national parliamentarians to rule on the fiscal policies and social transfers in the euro zone.
On Sunday evening we will probably be scared by the results of some anti-European nationalist parties in some countries. These parties represent the worst of our past, and it is the duty of decent people to stop them with our vote.  But the founders of the European dream will see that their construction is not under risk, and must rest assured that millions of people will keep fighting to make it true. We must vote for decency and progress towards a federal Europe, but be ready to keep fighting, because the battle against the past is not linear, and will be far from over.

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