Wake Up! Six reasons to be positive about Europe
1. Donald Trump has shown why we simply have to stick together and fight populists. They are too dangerous to ignore. Thank goodness he looks like he will lose on November 8th. Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, Boris Johnson and other populists must be treated, like Trump, as enemies of rationality, truth and common sense.
2. The banking crisis has returned to the heart of Europe, Germany, with Deutsche Bank the markets' greatest fear. Germans can no longer dismiss it as all being due to feckless Italians and Greeks. Real action to clean up Europe's banks, build a proper banking union, and foster economic growth should now be possible.
3. Russia has confirmed through its connivance in the destruction of Aleppo, in the same brutal style as it destroyed Grozny, that it is utterly ruthless and alien to European values. Illusions held in some EU countries about Russia must now have faded. There is no obstacle to solidarity.
4. Greece is at last carrying out the reforms it needs to qualify for its next bailout loan, so it is joining Spain and Ireland as bailout successes. It is time for Germans to declare "victory" and to quietly abandon the self-defeating policies of austerity.
5. Federica Mogherini is developing and pioneering Europe's first truly common security and defence policy, thanks to the pressures from the still horrendous migrant crisis. She is getting no help from the EU's poor implementation of its refugee deal with Turkey. But the co-operative naval effort in the Mediterranean has been a good start, one which needs to be followed by a mature, grown-up, joint EU approach to asylum-processing, resettlement and persuading countries in Africa to readmit deported migrants. Until now, national and EU asylum policies (except in Germany and Sweden) have been pathetic.
6. Brexit, the slumping pound and the disarray shown by Britain's government over its negotiating position show the folly of June's referendum vote. The risk that others will follow can be defeated.
All this means that Europe has its first real chance in a decade to shock itself out of its torpor, unite and start building constructive collaborative policies again. But it will do so only if we can rally European citizens to support the process and to believe that European values are really too precious to throw away in a fit of nationalism and populism. All of us must play our parts.
The Wake Up Foundation
October 20th 2016
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