Greece’s ‘death’ and EU’s ‘rebirth’

 

Following the news on Greece’s current crisis I am wondering what kind of lesson can be learnt. Is Greece becoming the driving force for deeper European integration? After all:                                                                                                                  

 1. the suggestion about the initiation of the European Monetary Fund -no matter how realistic – seems to attract some interest ( and opposition of course)

2. Van Rompuy is offered the chance for an enhanced status and reputation (so….does the Lisbon Treaty matter?)

3. antieuropean voices get the chance to be justified (oh yes, they have a good case study now)

4. proeuropean voices get the chance to raise the old arguments on ‘common destiny’ (EMU  ‘was far more than a monetary arrangement….was a community that shares a common destiny’ Mr Trichet said on Thursday night)

5. Germany and France redirect their roles (or stabilise them) in the continent (and not only?)

6. limits in EU are openly recognised (but recognition is about autognosis and therefore the beginning point of systematic re-orientation of aims etc) 

7. defense mechanisms for saving the traumatised economies, designing common strategies and  taking collective action are studied on daily basis. The question ‘to be or not to be European?’ is a real one and so challenging

8. Finally the weakest of all Piigs states (Greece) has an unmissable opportunity (quite late of course): to open a deep dialogue with itself and answer the long awaiting questions such as: ‘where to?, ‘why?, ‘How did we get here?’.

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