Elvire Fabry "Only 'solidarity' can save Europe's economy" article in Public Service Europe
Member states must start thinking about the future of the EU or risk international irrelevance, writes Elvire Fabry
After such momentous events as the eurozone crisis, the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and military intervention in Libya, the arrival of "contaminated cucumbers" signals a return to everyday politics in Europe. The fact that the sanitary crisis spread fear across the continent, even among the least threatened nations, makes one wonder: are the petty diatribes currently bouncing between political leaders the product of pent-up resentment? Probably so – these cucumber accusations are most likely an indirect response to both imposed solidarity and never-ending economic angst.
What is certain is that if member states do not start thinking about the European Union's future again, the project as a whole is bound to falter - distracted by a morass of cultural clichés and rising prejudice. The eurozone crisis has not yet ended and avoiding state bankruptcies represents a far more pressing subject for all. Rather than venting frustrations, political leaders should continue focusing on preventing new economic crises.
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