June 9, 2009
I think it’s reasonable to say that the Euro election results present the European Movement with something of a challenge! The real joke is that pro-Europeans are taunted with representing the established view when in reality publishing pro-European sentiments is becoming like anti Soviet samizdat – passed furtively from hand to hand between dissidents! On the other hand, like many dissidents, we are fighting for a great cause that has to be kept alive if any of us are to have a hope of surviving.
This is no exaggeration! If the European Union doesn’t survive and flourish after the horrors European faced during the last century, when their divisions led to countless millions of deaths, then there is no hope for anyone! But if we can overcome the problems we are facing and forge a new type of international democracy that can provide stability, security and prosperity, there is a hope for everyone including the seemingly implacable emnities of the Middle East.
So we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and continue the fight. We have to ensure that the appalling and cancerous politics of the extreme right are challenged at every opportunity and draw attention to the fallacious and frequently dishonest arguments of UKIP and their allies.
The European Union is more necessary than ever to tackle the critical issues of climate change, energy security, peace-keeping and economic regeneration. Of course, reforms are needed and far more attention and resources must be devoted to ensuring transparency, acountability and to telling people how the Union and its institutions work and how ordinarly people can get their voices heard, but we must also explain why the institutions operate in the way that they do and how they interract with each other and with the members states.
We need a debate about the kind of Europe people want and to feed through new ideas that could enhance all our lives. Above all, let’s have an open and honest debate
Peter LuffAuthor : European Movement UK