Open Letter for Europe: We Must Stop the EU Blame Game
Editor's Note: The Mercator European Dialogue is a European dialogue platform for national parliamentarians. The project is managed by The German Marshall Fund of the United States in cooperation with the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome, and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Athens. It is funded by Stiftung Mercator and, since 2017, also by the King Baudouin Foundation.
It convenes changemakers for open agenda dialogues and allows them to start their own, cooperative initiatives. The Open Letter for Europe is one such initiative. It was conceived at the Athens dialogue in April 2016 by deputies from Spain, Greece, the U.K., and Latvia and subsequently signed by over 70 of their colleagues from across the European Union. This op-ed calling on more parliamentarians to take responsibility for Europe was originally published on Euobserver.com by two of the initiators, Harry Theocharis (independent, Greece) and Stephen Gethins (SNP, U.K.).
The complete letter, list of signatures, a video interview, and an online signature widget for parliamentarians are available at www.openletterforeurope.org.
Rome wasn't built in a day and Europe is also a work in progress. What we don’t seem to remember, though, is that Rome wasn't dismantled in a day either.
The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – signed on 25 March, and establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) – finds Europe as we know it, under threat.
The victory of a pro-European, Emmanuel Macron, in the French presidential election, should not be an invitation to underplay the unprecedented success of the Front National running on a Frexit agenda, the triggering of Article 50 for the UK's EU exit, or Juncker's white paper openly questioning the current EU model.
Last year's events have shattered any remaining taboos regarding the reversibility of the European project.
In such a political climate, we feel compelled as national members of parliament to take on political and personal responsibility and speak-up against the toxic narrative engulfing aspects of the European political debate.