May 9, 2012
As federalists we were used in the past years to write manifestos and appeals in the occasion of the 9th of May. We were used to organize open events and conferences to demand more Europe, ask for Enlargement and European Constitution.
But it is for couple of years now that the pro-European allies stand puzzled facing a double fight. They have to defend the European project against the progressively raising nationalism but at the same time struggle against those manipulating and twisting it using their position and power.
This absurd situation is getting even worse as the pro-Europeans avoid fighting for any of their core values in the past years, shaping more a culture of compromises than a winning attitude towards a more and more aggressive intergovermentalism and nationalism.
The economic crisis, though predicted years ago from those arguing that a currency cannot be left without a government, was used as just one more –the strongest actually- argument against the European project. Those supporting this argument didn’t point on the inefficiency of the European Institutions, mainly the Council and the Commission; they targeted the European Union as a total, its values, its principles its existence as such.
This year the 9th of May is different. In Greece, the anti-European parties got almost half of the votes. In the rest of Europe nationalistic forces are getting stronger after elections, like in France in the first round.
This year we do need manifestos anymore. There is nothing to ask for. The 9th of May 2012 must be the beginning. The fight of the economic crisis is already lost on a political level for the pro-Europeans. A clear intergovernmental solution will be (not) found. But our real battle -maybe the most crucial one- remains to be the European Elections in 2014.
If pro-Europeans still believe in the European Idea the way it was expressed back in the 50s, then the time for shaping a real alliance focusing on the elections of the European Parliament but also on the selection of the heads of the EU and the Commissioners has come. Europe is running out of time. Economy can change within some years, mentality takes decades. Let’s not waste what we achieved in the last 6 of them.
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