Against a two-bloc Europe


The economic crisis is threatening to liquidate the best political idea we Europeans have ever had in our entire history. It is true that this crisis is not economic (or not only), but above all a political crisis, and it is also true that it did not start out in Europe. Regardless: what is important is that more Europeans are blaming the dire situation on the European Union.

That is, somehow, logical: nothing gives such temporary relief as blaming someone else for one’s own misfortune and, in the same way that we Catalans have discovered how wonderful it is to blame Spain for everything bad (because this way we don’t have to take the responsibility for it), Europeans are discovering how wonderful it is to do the same with the European Union.

In view of this scenario, some clear heads are trying to come up with alternatives to the current EU; the most recent to do so (or the second-most recent) has been Giorgio Agamben. In an article published in La Repubblica, Agamben laments that the current EU has been created on a foundation that is purely economic, ignoring cultural kinships.

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