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Questo articolo è stato pubblicato il 20 gennaio 2012 alle ore 12:14.


"What can we do?" The answer was: "Nothing". The brief dialogue taken from Asimov's Foundation series, a science fiction masterpiece, referred to the threat of destruction looming over planet Terminus, while a powerful fleet from the galactic Empire led by Bel Riose was drawing closer. How can we defend ourselves? That answer ("Nothing") was not a sign of resignation,

On the contrary, who said it had on their side the most invisible and powerful weapon; a weapon that historians, but not generals, know how to appreciate. Those who hoped for what seemed to be lack of action knew that weapons do not win battles; they knew that deep currents of history mold events and, considering the rigorous conviction that the Foundation's survival was historically inevitable, it was only a question of trustfully waiting for the moment and ways of that inevitable salvation.
One would want that the same unfaltering confidence to guide us, like the pole star, while we wait for the outcome of the European crisis. Does Europe risk coming apart? Does the euro project, a glorious step in the integration process of our loved continent, also risk coming apart in the quick sands of nationalisms and ideologies?

There would be reasons to be confident. We all know Jean Monnet's famous phrase: "Europe will be forged in the crises and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises" (and this is certainly a crisis…!). And we know how much political capital was invested in the single currency and in the project of European integration. A project that uses economic aspects like shears to cut the barbed wire of ancient resentments, to dry up the blood spread over centuries of internal wars, to thicken the common interest opening this way the doors and paving the way to other common social and cultural interests that are necessary to reach the Europeanist dream of political unification.

Reason pushes us to have confidence, to be convinced that no leader worthy of this name will want to assist helpless to the breaking up of that project, to the blurring of that dream. But in addition to reason, there is the heart and the heart cannot and does not have to watch without reacting to what is happening. As we all know, Germany is at the center of the problem. A country which Europe, in terms of culture, owes a lot to; a Country that owes a lot to Europe and, history tells us, has many things for which it has to be forgiven; a Country that in key moments of recent history knew how to keep a straight line and to impress the right
course on the vessel of integration.
After the Berlin Wall came down, when Mikhail Gorbaciov went to Bonn and German chancellor Helmut Kohl brought him to a large terrace that looks over the majestic advance of the Rein.

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