It is today commonly agreed that the solution for Europe is “more Europe”. Spain asks for a Banking Union, Berlin for a Political one, the South for Eurobonds, the North fiscal surveillance across Europe. Since the very beginning of the crisis, Van Rompuy, Barroso, Trichet and other EU and member states officials, have been indicating “more unification” as the only solution.
One might wonder: Aren’t the same politicians that almost 10 years ago rejected such solutions? Aren’t they the same people that created the common currency without ensuring the necessary single economic governance? By rejecting the Constitutional Treaty, weren’t the European peoples the ones that said no to a decisive step toward Federation?
But most of all, the question would be: Is it possible in times of increasing nationalism –in the North and the South- unification to be the solution?
Unfortunately, rational solutions in politics are just like in medicine: the more one denies the pre-emption the more he suffers during treatment. And very frequently, the rational solutions are one way road. That’s why, everything that Europe was democratically rejecting for years now, is now returning to be imposed by the “markets” and the economic crisis as the only way out. And what was characterized as “dreamy fantasies of some Europhiles”, is today becoming a joint appeal by almost all the European leaders.
In fact, what we are actually facing today is not the irregularity of the South or the lax surveillance of the North. It is our denial to decide the model of Europe we want. And unanswered questions return as ghosts seeking for redemption.
Some might believe that they will exorcise this ghost with fanaticism, using nationalistic crowns and populist outbreaks. And they do succeed to drag many in their utopia. It makes no difference. They just waste time and energy – and we do not have enough left.
Actually, Europe has stopped for years now being national. Of course it is not a federation, but the national states with their typical form have formally stopped existing since 2002. Nevertheless, no one told this to citizens, that’s where ghosts appeared.
In fact, today it’s not the time of decisions. It is the time of awareness. The time to realize that, going backwards is simply an option we do not have. Moreover, not even stagnation can be justified. Europe will either collapse, or –with its familiarly slow tempo- will move forward, creating those institutions necessary become its new solid foundations facing now itself more honestly, after 60 years of common route.
For Europe’s future, and more correctly EU’s future I am feeling more confident than ever. Difficulties and blackmails were always boosting EU to take steps forward.
The European Unification is actually happening today in front of our eyes. Those able to read between the lines see it. Just like its first phase back in the 40es, during the Second World War. Unfortunately, democracy in Europe is still to come. We the citizens, lost the chance to shape Europe as we wanted to be, through a bottom-up approach. Now it’s being imposed by the circumstances and the only thing to do is hold until we will be able again to improve the decided model. Not the best feeling for a federalist.