May 9th: celebration and introspectionPosted: May 9, 2011
But is all a good time to look at the state of the European project and ask the hard question: Where are we and where are we going in term of European construction ?
The fact is: May 9th is Europe Day is unknown by most of the citizen – If only it was a vacation-day. Even the British Government might not fly the European flag on 10 Downing street on this 5/9 (one can actually wonder why the flag is not continuously on anyway).
Between the doubts of the euro, the push of euro-skeptics, the reconsideration of EU fundamentals like Schengen by governments, … The European Union is being un-done bit by bit in front of us, without a chance for the pro-Europe message to be heard. Too discreet, too complex, too optimistic, too general, too rational,… may be opinions to catch the eye. The crude and emotional arguments of the anti-EU are easier to believe.
And yet, let’s not be mistaken: without Europe, no salvation, only an always closer Union can give our countries an influence that’s is already diminishing.
In this May 9th, the words of R Schumann are still true. If Europe can not be made in one shot, its construction is based on solidarity, and that something we are terribly missing today.