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#Nomaika – #JaEuropa – #EuropaÜberAlles

Whatever will be the solution to the failure of the Jamaica coalition negotiations Germany should pay attention not to take Europe hostage. And there is no reason why it should.

Even if there is no new coalition government but just an acting government. Even if the former President of the European Parliament prefers not to speak about Europe but to put what he thinks are the short-term interests of the SPD as a priority compared to the fate of 500 million Europeans. Even if the only concern of the leader of a small liberal party seems to be to outline his profile on the German political scene. Even if the current Chancellor excels more in the job of a neutral and very efficient chairman than in leading and challenging a sleeping political class in order to better face the growing challenges that Germany starts to face.

Let us opportunistically observe that the coalition talks collapsed mainly on two issues, the energy transition and immigration, where some strategical decisions were taken very recently but without the big consultation they would both have deserved in Germany and in Europe.

But well, at the end of the day it is definitely up to Germany to define its own political route.

But Europe cannot wait. We have today a window of opportunity for some European reforms and policies that we desperately need and we should not miss this window.

We need to conclude now on the PESCO for the European Defence and quickly launch it. We need to finish the Banking Union. We need to accelerate on the European immigration policy. We need to finally be serious about a true European Energy policy. We need to very quickly launch an ambitious digital policy in order to still count in the near future. And maybe first of all we need to inject much more democracy in this European project. If Europe wants finally to be serious, efficient and legitimate, we should quickly get rid of this monster, this intergovernmental governance which brings us back to political concepts belonging more to the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and its Great Princes Electors, than to a modern democracy.

Germany lies in the core of Europe, at her very center. It is the biggest beneficiary of the European project. The German people fully support it, and there is an overwhelming majority in the new German Parliament in favour of Europe. Then there is no reason why Germany could not answer immediately to the agenda proposed by Emmanuel Macron.

It does not mean that if it would indeed do so it would be easy. There are true issues to be addressed, a lot of cultural differences to be bridged before we finally get our European Republic. And therefore there is no time to lose.

Our German friends should put their internal political debates a bit aside, solve them how they want as per the agenda that they want. But immediately put Europe as a priority. There is no reason why not to do this. This is their strategic interest, and I am very confident they will do it, allowing us to build all-together the Europe we deserve.

In the XIXth century the German stargazers who dreamt about the German unity asked with passion to all the various German sovereigns and politicians to put their local quarrels and egos aside and put Deutschland über alles, i.e to put the project of building the German unity as the very top of their priorities before any other issue. Today it is time to ask to all German politicians to put Europa über alles.

Einheit, Recht und Freiheit für Europa!

#WeAreEurope

 

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  1. Laurent,
    I love your comparison between the German unification in the 19th century and what is needed today in the wider Europe.
    There is maybe a slight difference though. Princes only needed to be convinced in those years. Whereas today, a strong support from citizens is necessary to fuel the Europa über alles project.
    The victory of the NOs at all past referendums on Europe might give the feeling that citizens are not ready for such a change. The true explanation was given by Macron in his recent speech at the Sorbonne: in such referendums, whatever question is asked, the answer is always NO.
    More significative are the 65% French votes in favor of the pro-Europe Macron, and the wide (even if somewhat resignated) German support for renewed SPD-CDU-CSU coalition.