Europe Day

A Bitter-Sweet: Happy Europe Day!

Europe Day

A Bitter-Sweet: Happy Europe Day!

The 9th of May marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman Declaration’. On the eve of the anniversary of the Declaration, a strong voice is coming from France with the pro-Europe, young (youngest since Napoleon), the dynamic president Macron elected by more than 2/3 of the voting population. It comes as a much-needed reassurance to the French and the rest of the continent that the concept of unified and strong Europe is very much alive.

A Middle-Age Crisis?

There is no doubt that we are in need of reforms and some fresh air – the EU seems to be going very aggressively through a prolonged middle-age crisis around its 60th birthday.

There has never been so much loud and vigorous opposition; Pew Research Centre poll from last year (see fig. 1 below)  shows how divided the EU nations are. When it comes to the handling of refugees or the economy, dissatisfaction is even greater amongst Europeans.

EU favorability varies widely in Europe

Regardless of the high level of opposition to the way EU operates at the moment, there is a very strong desire for unity as shown from the results of the Pew Research Centre (see fig. 2 below). An overwhelming majority of Europeans think that UK leaving the EU will hurt the organisation.

Europeans overwhelmingly agree that UK departure would hurt EUBrexit has shaken the continent to its core. And brought an enormous amount of challenges the EU and the UK have to find a solution to. Listening to the recent rhetoric from Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker, we can all see it is not going to be easy to find a mutually agreeable exit strategy.

Time To Focus On The Opportunities Ahead.

So on that special day, I would like to wish us all cool heads, and loud and strong voice of reason, from all corners of Europe. Brexit will happen, whether we like it or not, but it is important more than ever, that politicians and leaders of the European continent focus on their nations’ and the whole Europe’s best interest and don’t try to play according to their personal agendas, trying to show who is ‘the boss’ and see who gets to win the most. It is going to be the biggest challenge EU will face in its 60 years history. But it should not and cannot make us lose sight of what Robert Schuman declared in 1950: “World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.”

Justyna Nowicka
Chief Creative Officer at MAXIMeyes


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