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.
Neoliberal politics destroyed the vision of a free and united Europe. It’s time to stop, think and act.
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.
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.
Peter Hartz has presented a series of concepts to fight youth unemployment across Europe – and France is about to repeat Germany’s mistakes.
A common European identity is not only possible and desirable, but it is an inevitable part of the modern European experience. Europeans are distinctive from non-Europeans.
Jean Monnet wanted both supranational institutions and the nation state. His famous method could help tackle the current crisis.