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A NEVER CLOSER UNION??

2019-05-23

On European Election DAYS, "An Ever Closer Union" as written in the Treaties, appears to have been changed into the opposite. It was hoped that Brexit would have resulted in a reaffirmation of the purpose of an ever closer union. As Brexit continues to poison Europe, and the British cannot even agree on how to leave, it looks as if that purpose has been abandoned. With the exception of French President Macron, no leader any longer dares to reaffirm that purpose - hoping this way to prevent the European voters to turn to the populists. It will not work that way. I sincerely hope that these days, European voters will be less coward and more forward looking than most of their governments: Europe needs an ever closer union to survive in peace.

I attach the Epilogue to the third edition of my European Univication Into the Twenty First Century to remind Europeans of the history. What is broken or failure, needs to be repaired not discarded.


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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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The peaceful collapse of the Soviet totalitarian, communist system has been a watershed of historic proportions in Europe and the world. In 1989, unexpectedly, Communism and the Cold War were behind us, they were bad and should be forgotten. The immediate post-1989 world presented itself as a new era of organised forgetting, as neither East nor West were interested in examining the prolonged period of acquiescence in absurdities.

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The story of European Unification is fascinating. In 1950, two sworn enemies – France and Germany – decide to seek reconciliation and European federal unity. As a first step, they created the European Coal and Steel Community together with Italy and the Benelux countries. The fathers of this new Europe were visionary persons. Does today`s student or scholar still know who Robert Schuman, Konrad Adenauer, Alcide de Gasperi or Willem Beyen were and what they stood for?