Monday, October 24, 2005

Meeting of Head of States under UK Presidency of Europe

On 27 October 2005, Surrey, the European heads of States will meet to discuss the 'state of the Union' under the UK presidency. Blair's ambitious program to relaunch political integration has been somehow played down by the ambiguous result of german elections. However, the text at the basis of the meeting is bold and clear: It is only through modernisation that we will maintain our values, it concludes.

Unfortunately, on many values there is widespread disagreement. Plus, Europe is characterized, at the moment, by a sheer staticity due to a lack of political vision. Blair certainly has this vision, which is well documented in the text linked, but it is unclear whether he has the strength, and momentum, to carry his vision further.

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