Más de 500 millones de ciudadanos forman parte hoy de la Unión Europea. Somos el mayor donante mundial en ayuda humanitaria, una de las tres economías más poderosas del planeta, el primer socio comercial y el primer inversor exterior en la mayoría de los países del globo.
A future Europe must be secular. By secularism I mean the complete separation of religion from the state (and not the British version of equal tolerance for religions, which breeds communalism).
The grand project of European integration is failing. Signs of dysfunction abound: from Greece’s debt debacle to the immigration crisis and now “Brexit”.
The idea of Europe as a historical and cultural entity – an over-arching identity of its various peoples – is, in many ways, a plausible one. It is certainly plausible to me as an historian of Ancient Rome.
Today there really is no such thing as a European identity. True, young people may view themselves as European, and so perhaps do some EU officials and members of the European Parliament.
Despite having lived and worked continuously in the USA for the past 35 years, I still feel very European. I am of Dutch origin, married to a French woman, and visit Europe several times a year.