A Dance For Europe

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‘There is no reason for us not to succeed in achieving our goal and laying the foundation of a United Europe. A Europe whose moral design will win the respect of all humanity.' W. Churchill

  

  It is not good comparing. No point thinking about some glorious past in which there were also serious downsides. However, today's huge materialistic and comfortable way of life transformed Kings into puppets. In that context, leaders like Putin look strong despite their inability to slash corruption.


The time of great fighters is over. In most of so-called democracies, one becomes president thanks to one's ability to communicate and find rich allies. The best (or worst) example of this is new U.S president. It is an appalling sign of the times that proves impostors rule and not brave warriors.


Still, do we really need a strong scary figure at the head of a nation? For instance, in Thomas More's Utopia, there's no such profile. But this brilliant attempt to describe some sort of perfect society shows limits: social hierarchy is the backbone of the concept which implies that, once again, the conspiracy of the rich can't be avoided.


And this is why some europhobes have been recently trying to escape from an organisation that is pointless for protectionists. For them, the European system of collection and distribution of taxes is vague and unfair. It rules instead of their own country's governors like if some strangers were deciding almost everything in terms of national budget and foreign policy.


Those arguments are not totally untrue. At a point that the very crucial reasons why Europe is necessary, are now being sacrificed: there is a need of workers from abroad in most of developed European countries, particularly U.K where financial institutions base their staff because it gives them a toe hold in the EU without having to apply for a Visa or work permit.


Let's not forget also that the single market is good for the economy, without having to worry about tariffs and trade wars. And last, but not least, the EU has prevented another war in Europe for over half a century, by encouraging cooperation rather than conflict.


Coming back to the foundation of Europe after WW2 with De Gaulle's rules, it is true that the very last point above is the main reason why this project was born. Nevertheless, well before that, the Aurignacians are possibly the first European population.


Then, geopolitically strictly speaking, the Roman Empire is said to be the first sort of experience of the kind. Later of course another failed attempt to unite countries into what was already called Europe is worth mentioning: Napoleon's dream of ''Emperor of the French'' didn't last either.


Nothing lasts in fact. That is why some utopic dream like Europe is fragile. Attacked by many scepticals, it's dancing on a sharp edge as Philippe Petit once danced on his wire between the Twin Towers. Europe is like us: we are all endangered dancers, one step aside and we fall.


However, Europe is a long standing myth that started with the Greeks through Europa and which is still inspiring us: no matter how hard some have tried, the European Culture, vector of implacable links, is indestructible.

                                                                       2017

  • accrochée par la chanson
    Here as I sit
    At this empty café
    Thinking of you
    I remember
    All those moments
    Lost in wonder
    That we'll never
    Find again
    Though the world
    Is my oyster
    It's only a shell
    Full of memories
    And here by the Seine
    Notre-Dame casts
    A long lonely shadow
    Now, only sorrow
    No tomorrow
    There's no today for us
    Nothing is there
    For us to share
    But yesterday
    These cities may change
    But there always remains
    My obsession
    Through silken waters
    My gondola glides
    And the bridge, it sighs
    I remember
    All those moments
    Lost in wonder
    That we'll never
    Find again
    There's no more time for us
    Nothing is there
    For us to share
    But yesterdays
    Ecce momenta
    Illa mirabilia
    Quae captabit
    In aeternum
    Memor
    Modo dolores
    Sunt in dies
    Non est reliquum
    Vero tantum
    Comminicamus
    Perdita
    Tous ces moments
    Perdus dans l`enchantement
    Qui ne reviendront
    Jamais
    Pas d´aujourd´hui pour nous
    Pour nous il n´y a rien
    A partager
    Sauf le passé
    Tous ces moments
    Perdus dans l`enchantement
    Qui ne reviendront
    Jamais
    Written by Andrew Mackay, Andrew Edwin Mackay, Bryan Ferry

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    une ode magnifique

    dansons donc sur le fil !

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    anna-c

    • Un magnifique morceau, merci de le souligner, issu du meilleur live de Roxy Music enregistré en 1990, une ''grande'' année, j'y reviendrai. Heureux que vous l'appréciiez.

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      enzogrimaldi7

  • ouf , on termine sur une note d'espoir !

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    Susanne Dereve

    • Bonsoir. Très heureux de vous retrouver après un break salutaire. Oui, l'espoir est là malgré le processus enclenché du brexit. Il m'a semblé urgent de réagir en rappelant quelques fondamentaux qu'on a tendance à oublier, ''enivré'' par l'air du temps.

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      enzogrimaldi7

    • Je LEUR pardonne seulement parce qu'ils ont eu Churchill, je ne sais pas si l'avenir sera désespérant mais l'Histoire l'est.

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