Editorial: European elections with an absentee Europe
We may have entered the final stretch of the European elections, but the discussion about Europe and its future, which is supposed to be the key…
We may have entered the final stretch of the European elections, but the discussion about Europe and its future, which is supposed to be the key issue at stake, is absent from public discussion. The introversion that has defined our political life for years, prevails in the clash of political parties.
However fair it may be to contrast the different tactics and strategies to escape the recession in a country dominated by the crisis, it is just as absurd for the discussion on major European issues to be almost completely absent.
This indifference on how Europe will turn out, which political understandings dominate is absurd because it concerns directly and deterministically, since we have huge needs and commitments, as well as settling our debt. For some time now, in almost all European countries, especially those in the Eurozone, a heated debate on changing policies on managing the crisis and European unification is going on.
The explosion of unemployment, not just in Greece, the expansion of social inequalities, the North-South gap, the change in the rules of decision-making are matters that cause great controversy and conflict. The member states and the European institutions may agree that it is necessary to adopt common policies in critical sectors of the economy, but they will disagree on the efficiency of the measures and policies to be adopted.
Unfortunately Greece is not present in this discussion. Beyond some vague declarations and positions, there is no real talk on what goals we have in Europe, what alliances to pursue, which proposed policies we support and which ones we disagree with; the parties are squabbling over who is going to solve our problems, certain that Europe will rush to accept our threats or objections. We haven’t realized that we are close to missing the train again.