Europe (What a speech!)

Europe is cur­rent­ly bound to the North by pop­ulism and to the south by refugees drowned by the sea, to the East by Putin’s tanks, to the West by the Trump Wall.

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In the past, by war, in the future with Brex­it. Today, Europe is alone more than ever, but it’s cit­i­zens do not know it.

Europe is, how­ev­er, for that rea­son, the best solu­tion and we do not know how to explain that our cit­i­zens.

Glob­al­i­sa­tion teach­es us that today Europe is inevitable, there is no alter­na­tive. But Brex­it also tells us that Europe is reversible, that you can walk back­wards in his­to­ry, even though, out­side Europe, it is very cold.

Brex­it is the most self­ish deci­sion ever made since Win­ston Churchill saved Europe with the blood, sweat and tears of the Eng­lish.

Say­ing Brex­it is the most insid­i­ous way of say­ing good­bye.

Europe is not a mar­ket, it is the will to live togeth­er. Leav­ing Europe is not leav­ing a mar­ket, it is leav­ing shared dreams.

We can have a com­mon mar­ket, but if we do not have com­mon dreams, we have noth­ing. Europe is the peace that came after the dis­as­ter of war.

Europe is the par­don between French and Ger­mans.

Europe is the return to free­dom of Greece, Spain and Por­tu­gal.

Europe is the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Europe is the end of com­mu­nism.

Europe is the wel­fare state, it is democ­ra­cy.

Europe is fun­da­men­tal rights.

Can we live with­out all this? Can we give this all up? For a mar­ket we are going to leave all that behind?

Este­ban González Pons, Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Mem­ber from Spain