Pavel Telicka discusses further European integration

Today I have discovered a new journal concerned with European issues – Europe’s World. To my surprise I have found there a very concise and sober analysis of the current progress of the European integration from Pavel Telicka, a former Czech Ambassador to the EU and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister. I only note that this skilled diplomat would have been also the European commissar for the Czech Republic but he was ousted by my country’s political elite that needed a ‘cozy office’ for the former minister, Vladimir Spidla, a man who even did not speak English at the time. This was very unfortunate, because in my Eurosceptics-ridden country, he was on of a few men who possessed both skills and experiences to serve in this function.

telicka_pavel Telicka praises in his article the German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is today, unfortunately, the only person with whom we can today associate the European leadership. Telicka also mentions that other ‘European’ PMs and presidents do not see any incentive why they should become less national and be more ‘European,’ since no clear threat against which they could assert themselves exists.

For such ridiculous populist duo like the Kaczynskis in Poland is therefore much easier to play on the nationalist sentiment of their people instead of explaining the clear benefits of the further European Union integration. Politicians as them, for their lack of a European vision and immediate political gain portray the European Union as ‘the coldest of all monsters’ instead of trying to form the Union through the skilled concerted leadership into what would benefit us all. The European Union can well become a hated supergovernment, but it can also become a harmonic community of European cultures and peoples in which we can overcome the concept of the overdue nation-state (which is today attacked both from above and rightly from below).

Also, there is a very good article from James Rogers on the suggestively called blog ‘Global Power Europe,’ which mentions many reasons why it will be necessary for Europe to unite, if its constituent members want to retain any influence on the international political scene in future.


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