Thursday, February 21, 2013

Growing The EU Organically

At the end of a recent interview with Daniel Fiott on the European Geostrategy blog Robert Cooper, who is a Counsellor in the European External Action Service, claims building institutions has been the essence of the EU project and quotes Thomas Hobbes:

'Conflict is the natural condition of mankind but natural conditions can be overcome by institutions. In the world of states, institutions that can play this role are hard to construct since states are powerful and jealous. In Europe, following the tragedies of the first half of the twentieth century, and thanks to the imagination and courage of men such as Monnet and Schuman, and to far-sighted American policies, we have succeeded in doing this.'
And subsequently heaves the sigh:
'The weakness of the European Union – and it sometimes seems very weak – is that it is an enlightenment project. The same applies to the Euro. We need to find ways of growing more organically.'
As I have argued in my blogpost 'I am a European blogger', the organic characteristics of the EU project, as I see it, are often overlooked, but might well be much more powerfull then we think.

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