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Europe’s Moment of Decision

BRUSSELS -- Is amnesia an integral part of politics? When it comes to the treaty to reform the Union’s institutions, which will be finalized in November, recent events suggest that amnesia does play a central role.

Let’s examine the “illness” that leads certain EU leaders with questionable scruples to forget even the recent past. Busy with domestic political affairs, they do not hesitate to use Europe as a scapegoat to avoid breaking bad news to their fellow citizens. Some display separatist tendencies that worry, and frustrate, their electorates. No surprise, then, that many EU citizens refuse, or at least hesitate, to embrace the European cause.

This form of political racketeering may win elections, but it sabotages any opportunity to experience, or to perceive, politics as a process that can contribute to global development.

Consider Gordon Brown, Britain’s new prime minister, according to whom globalization strips the European project of any meaning, a form of political autism that in fact will prevent the EU from adapting to change and from being able to find solutions to globalization’s challenges.