Europe is a word, not a country

William Pfaff writes in the International Herald Tribune about the “identity crisis” in the European Union, whose “roots are in the cultural and even moral identity and allegiance of millions of individuals.”

The explicit problem is the deflation in enthusiasm for the EU Constitution, a monster document no one seems to have actually read.  The secret anxiety concerns the devastating lack of purpose, private and communal, in the lives of this generation of Europeans, which often finds voice in the question, “What does Europe stand for?”

I would think that to ask such a question is to answer it.


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