Neoliberal politics destroyed the vision of a free and united Europe. It’s time to stop, think and act.
Banging on about Europe has once again become a vote winner in the UK and a “Brexit” is more likely than ever. If David Cameron wins next year’s elections, he will have to face an inconvenient promise.
What might have been started at the Munich conference is a strategic debate on a reinvigorated role for both Germany and the EU in international security.
Europe is missing the second freedom revolution at its periphery. This is why it needs more foreign policy capabilities, including of a military nature.
Jean Monnet wanted both supranational institutions and the nation state. His famous method could help tackle the current crisis.
Ironically, the attempt to solve Europe’s banking problems within the Eurozone has undermined support for the European project of both its staunchest supporters and its vulnerable citizens. Skepticism will not go away.
Does the European Union need a shared collective identity? Yes, it does, but not just one. If the EU is to come out stronger from its present crisis, it will need to add to the collective identities that it has successfully promoted in the past a new one that keeps it going into the future.