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May 9th is Europe Day

Posted: Wed May 8, 2024 11:37pm
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Europe Day is celebrated every year on the 9th May.

This date was chosen at the European Council Milan Summit of 1985 in recognition of the first attempts to create an integrated European Union at a 1950 meeting of the European coal and steel industries in Paris.

The  mproposal to create a federation style Europe was in response, firstly,  to the industrial and economic problems of post war Europe and to an emerging  threat to peace by recently atomically  armed Soviet Russia. The proposal put forward by then Minister for French Foreign Affairs, Robert Schuman was strongly supported by both the British and the Americans.

The idea of the new federation was to lay down a solid foundation for a lasting peace in Europe, based on strong economic ties essentially between the French, the British, and the recently defeated Germans.

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Posted: Thu May 9, 2024 5:17pm

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Posted: Thu May 9, 2024 5:17pm

chrisso50 wrote on Wed May 8, 2024 11:37pm:

Europe Day is celebrated every year on the 9th May.

This date was chosen at the European Council Milan Summit of 1985 in recognition of the first attempts to create an integrated European Union at a 1950 meeting of the European coal and steel industries in Paris.

The  mproposal to create a federation style Europe was in response, firstly,  to the industrial and economic problems of post war Europe and to an emerging  threat to peace by recently atomically  armed Soviet Russia. The proposal put forward by then Minister for French Foreign Affairs, Robert Schuman was strongly supported by both the British and the Americans.

The idea of the new federation was to lay down a solid foundation for a lasting peace in Europe, based on strong economic ties essentially between the French, the British, and the recently defeated Germans.

Chris

Hi Chrisso50 

You are quite right. We need to be reminded from time to time about the peace and freedom we take so much for granted. 

The EU, and its ancestry, such as the 1950s Coal and Steel agreements, have all but eliminated wars within the member countries. This is, by far, Europe's greatest achievement - ever. 

France and Germany, for example, were at each other's throats several times since the mid 19th century, resulting in millions of deaths,  uncountable injuries and incalculable destruction.  Now you travel between the two and won't even be asked for a passport. 

Perhaps the only vulnerability is that 70+ years of peace means Europe is not well coordinated to manage Russian aggression in Ukraine. NATO has been weakened by budget cuts, a high level of complacency and political decisions taken by the United States. Even the bloody civil war in former Yugoslavia failed to wake up Europe from its amnesia about the awful consequences of war.

But Europe demonstrates time and again that nations working together are much more successful than working apart. Evidence of this are the millions of migrants who risk their lives to get into Europe.  

Many come from backgrounds of grinding poverty and/or oppressive governments.  They look at Europe, and are willing to take enormous risks to seek better lives for themselves. Europe is seen as a place of opportunity. For example, Ireland's former Taoiseach (prime minister) is son of an Indian immigrant. Several people in the UK government, including the prime minister, several members of the cabinet, and mayor of London, are immigrants or children of immigrants. 

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Posted: Thu May 9, 2024 5:57pm

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Posted: Thu May 9, 2024 5:57pm

Derrymore wrote on Thu May 9, 2024 5:17pm:

Hi Chrisso50 

You are quite right. We need to be reminded from time to time about the peace and freedom we take so much for granted. 

The EU, and its ancestry, such as the 1950s Coal and Steel agreements, have all but eliminated wars within the member countries. This is, by far, Europe's greatest achievement - ever. 

France and Germany, for example, were at each other's throats several times since the mid 19th century, resulting in millions of deaths,  uncountable injuries and incalculable destruction.  Now you travel between the two and won't even be asked for a passport. 

Perhaps the only vulnerability is that 70+ years of peace means Europe is not well coordinated to manage Russian aggression in Ukraine. NATO has been weakened by budget cuts, a high level of complacency and political decisions taken by the United States. Even the bloody civil war in former Yugoslavia failed to wake up Europe from its amnesia about the awful consequences of war.

But Europe demonstrates time and again that nations working together are much more successful than working apart. Evidence of this are the millions of migrants who risk their lives to get into Europe.  

Many come from backgrounds of grinding poverty and/or oppressive governments.  They look at Europe, and are willing to take enormous risks to seek better lives for themselves. Europe is seen as a place of opportunity. For example, Ireland's former Taoiseach (prime minister) is son of an Indian immigrant. Several people in the UK government, including the prime minister, several members of the cabinet, and mayor of London, are immigrants or children of immigrants. 

Derrymore

Well said!

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