(multilevel) governance, internal market, citizens, subsidiarity, security and defence, solidarity, phenomena, democratic legitimacy, energy and climate, euro, differentiated integration, multilateralism, sovereignty, care for the European soul
There is not only ongoing debate about where the geographical centre is, but also on cultural and political issues and Europe's precise borders. Experience our society where norms and values are central, where the polity provides security and prosperity and thus peace, that yields the single market, runs the Erasmus+ programme, fosters the trade agenda, is working to reform the financial sector, agreed the Europe 2020 growth strategy and where bridges are built between national perspectives on the EU
With his plea for a United States of Europe, Curchill was one of the first to advocate European integration to prevent the atrocities of two world wars from ever happening again, calling for the creation of a Council of Europe as a first step.
The shattered state of Germany, both physically and as a society, in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The narration explains what is being done – and what needs to be done – both by the occupying Allied forces and the German people themselves to build a better Germany from the ruins
9 May 1948, in The Hague, 800 delegates from all European countries met, with Churchill as honorary president at a grand Congress of Europe.

This led to the creation of the
Council of Europe







We are not ready to defend our values, our culture,
our religion, our life-styles. We are not ready to sacrifice our relatively comfortable life
(Vaclav Klaus)





dare to be


"Europe is an incredible construction, much critized. Much too slow, very laborious on occasions but it is also an extraordinary achievement of the immediate aftermath of the second World War where countries had been at each other's throat and millions of people had died at the hands of each other for centuries. And to actually decide that in the name of peace and prosperity they were going to establish that free market zone where product, service and people can actually move, is something that should not be wasted at all. And it is a resilient construction and a resilient territory which is unfinished and which needs to be completed" (Christine Lagarde, 24 June 2016)

Motivated to better understand the current European uprise, I read in the year 2022 the following article about developments in Europe in the period 2007-2017: "After deliberately destructed the idea of Europe, it showed alternatives were not present. The right to achieve chaos, however, was fully exploited: lies, half truths and kept back information made and fed discontent amoung populations. Euromyths strengthened that emotion further. Compared to the events, happened in the 19th and at the beginning of the 20st century, not harmless and therefore unwise. Empty promises, great sense of drama, little sense of realism, a too simple representation of affairs, advocating easy solutions that do not work and fighting against ourselves was the atmosphere in which negative changes in the two eras were created. But sensible people went the dialogue, turned the tide and arranged in time that politics and society took the right direction again. They saw advantage in the crisis and the self-cleaning capacity, what put in motion the discussion about what kind of Europe, in stead of I want my country back. Now it has became a stronger Europe: the EU is easily handling the different levels of ambition, there is a common European global strategy, asylum and migration policy, a tax authority for the euro area and there are steps made towards the development of the EU into a 'state'. The president of the European Council is now elected by the Europeans, Europe has outposts in Africa and Turkey, and the influence of populism and the political ideology of nationalism has declined. European citizens have recognized again the advantages and achievements of further cooperation and are obvious involved in our common future. The discontent and the lies disappeared
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