Francie se snaží najít Evropu

S deseti novými členy čítá Evropská unie 25 zemí a 453 milionů občanů. Ve světle faktu, že v uplynulém tisíciletí spolu členské státy EU svedly bezpočet válek a že studená válka rozdělovala kontinent pětačtyřicet let na dva znepřátelené bloky, je dnešní Evropa úspěchem monumentálního historického významu.

Je zřejmé, že EU představuje mnoho věcí současně. Za prvé je zárukou míru: mezi navzájem provázanými členskými zeměmi unie je dnes válka technicky nemožná.

EU je navíc skvělým nástrojem mezinárodního usmíření. Němci a Francouzi, kteří se před 60 lety milovali zhruba stejně jako dnes Srbové a Bosňané, jsou nyní sezdaným párem. Katolíci a protestanti v Irsku se po celé století zabíjeli, avšak když jsou nyní v EU, uznali idiotskost svého konfliktu a nevyhnutelnost usmíření. Maďaři a Rumuni se po devíti staletích nenávisti a válek angažují ve stejném procesu. A Řecko se rozhodlo, že podpoří zahájení jednání o vstupu Turecka do EU v příštích dvanácti letech.

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