A EUROPE THAT IS ABLE TO DEFEND ITSELF?
A unified Europe should also be able to defend itself
The one-sided nature of comments criticising the EU’s migration management is another scary example of the general inability to think “European” nowadays and imagine a positive European future.
It would be deplorable if European integration and all its successes (that still make Europe so unique and attractive) failed in the face of the refugee crisis.
This is why the EU should also take into account its own citizens’ concerns – and this includes the protection of the EU’s external borders. The decision as to who can enter the EU and in which member state these individuals can stay must be made by the EU member states which should be able to exercise their sovereignty together as a European sovereign state.
This precept does not exclude the respect of human dignity and humanity in any way. Indeed, it is a fundamental requirement to prevent chaos and protect democracy and the welfare state. It will only be possible for EU citizens in this European alliance of states to open their arms and welcome refugees seeking shelter if they can also maintain their own social standards.
Citizens’ anger towards Brussels and Europe does not make sense if national governments prefer to quarrel with each other instead of acting together, in a united manner, in the framework of a European alliance and in the interest of Europe, which best defends the individual member states and their people.
Rainer Dumont du Voitel
Former CESI Vice-President