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Europe = ?

This morning your author found himself at a meeting and discussion about political foundations and their importance. Needless to say, I was there more by accident than design. It was organised by

ENoP, European Network of Political Foundations

Whilst it would be reasonable to suggest that political and civil society groups are not where my expertise lies, it was certainly interesting. Their keynote speaker was some chap from the EU… What was his name? Ah yes, Barroso, that was it!

He certainly held his audience well and I would suggest that he might have done a little public speaking in the past.

Whilst there were a number of interesting areas that he touched upon, he became impassioned and left his script completely when he began speaking about what Europe meant to Portugal after 48 years under firm control. He suggests, and it is hard to avoid his point, that the same thoughts were held in Spain and Greece and then later in Central and Eastern European countries.

And those thoughts?

That as democracy formed, the people wanted freedom and democracy. For many millions of people,

Europe = Freedom & Democracy

Isn’t that an equation! No straight bananas, fishing rights, CAP or whatever else is argued about so frequently to the Brussels ‘bubble’, but instead, freedom and democracy. To me at least, that brings everything into perspective.

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  1. There’s no doubt that EU expansion has helped liberate entire countries, and so must count as one of its greatest achievements. It didn’t do it singlehanded, but it probably wouldn’t have happened without the EU.

    Why, then, do Eurosceptics consider the EU as the opposite of freedom and democracy, and most Western EU citizens think the EU has expanded too fast? Talk about a perception gap.

    Or is it? Perhaps the EU is an improvement for companies coming from dictatorship, but looks oppressive from the perspective of a country which has never known a dictatorship.

    And as for ‘too fast’ expansion, there were probably plenty of people who didn’t want the Spanish and the Portuguese to join in the 1980s …

  2. This year for the seventh time between the 4th and the 7th of July the European parliament will be elected. To many European citizens this seems to be the only way possible to take part in the political process. Still only few know that things have changed with the treaty of Lisbon.
    The treaty’s article 11(4) says that every citizen’s group concerning Europe in entirety with a million or more votes has to be taken up in the political decision-making process.
    It is important for me to share the knowledge that political participation in Europe is possible beyond political parties, especially since the European parliament will be elected this year. Europe-wide, direct, acitve votes for European citizens’ are possible.
    Please notice the Link I found on an Austrian Website: http://www.we-change-europe.eu

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