Pan Drakopoulos: To give back Europe to the Europeans (part 3)
To give back Europe to the Europeans (part 3)
8. The havoc of politics
Europeans are reluctantly watching the discussions on the financial crisis and the future of the European Union. From one point of view this is not strange: peoples have not an historical criterion• they go on only within the dynamic of the present, of the current events. Their criterion, instead, has never been anything but the improvement of their own life.
For centuries the union of Europe was consciousness of men of culture and of their way of life. People themselves realized it as a necessity only when they found themselves constrained to cross demolished towns and meadows filled with entrenchments, having their feet plunged into blood. The union of Europe was the only realistic answer to the World War I. And it was such a strong and convincing answer that it also survived the World War II.
A planetary conjugation took place during the crucial years of fascism’s fall and Nazism’s immediately afterwards: intelligentsia and politicians joined conveying the belief to peoples that peace, reconciliation and mainly cooperation were the only answers to devastation, destruction, and degradation.
But decades of efforts resulted in the weakness for a political entity to be found, and first and foremost the weakness to be defined and supported values such as behaviour, conditions, ways, targets, boundaries and all those that should have mainly been the European matters.
Today Europeans are again insecure and walk along roads without a vision; and the presence of a course, which might fasten their soul, does not exist. Being bored, they watch the reality show of politicians and their counsellors, which is strange and indifferent to them and their life.
Let’s find out what has led the European Union to such a great and probably fatal crisis, it’s important for us to see what has alienated peoples from the European Union.
Whoever wants to ascertain the cause of it, he should start studying the subjects, which Europarliament has been engaged with. He rarely may see a political subject able to interest the peoples of Europe and almost never anything about their civilization. The famous Europarliament is engaged in protecting children, who ride on their bicycles, in the future of the roma, who perhaps should be called gipsies (since gypsy music inspired Brahms, Lizst, Strauss to compose, after all, some dances); how the victims of earthquake’s in Perugia will have an allowance, and how we will survive from diabetes type 2 that threatens to strike blind the whole Europe. Moreover, armies of translators rush to attribute somehow or other the growth of phenylketonuria and the delegates make their way down to explain the difficulties for the sardines to be protected from consumers’ jaws as the following 453 documents of experts in this huge subject have proved. They are problems indeed, I agree. But are there only these and the suchlike? Any major issue does not exist?
All of us realize that, generally speaking, the level of eurodeputies is not low. As I strongly believe there are not only few the ones that could give to Europarliament its proper role: a space for Europeans’ political expression. What is wrong is the more general climate, the wind that blows in the bodies of EU. We have the same feelings with European Council’s meetings: each head of states raises and defends a point that concerns his own country. None of them has ever raised a major subject that concerns Europe and not just his own country.
I am giving an example to make this quite plain: it is known that Europe is geographically a peninsula with an immense coastline, and it is mainly a marine continent. However, there are discussions for the full accession of Turkey into Europe without anybody ever to put as a prerequisite for such a discussion the Turkey’s compliance with the international maritime law! [There are other reasons that such a discussion should have never started, but this is a subject for a following ad hoc article.]