Las dos comunides de Europa

Europa se encuentra en una encrucijada paradójica. Mientras que la armonización legal y la formulación de una constitución demuestran una integración más profunda, las instituciones europeas no han logrado generar lo que toda comunidad política necesita a fin de sobrevivir y prosperar: un sentimiento de pertenenecia.

Mientras eso siga así, la integración no podrá tener éxito. Puesto en términos simples, si la Unión Europea quiere superar el provincianismo nacional y adoptar una meta compartida y que le dé cohesión, tendrá que abandonar la retórica de los contadores y expresarse en un lenguaje que incluya lo bueno y lo malo, lo hermoso y lo feo, lo correcto y lo incorrecto.

Esto no sucederá automáticamente o de la noche a la mañana. Los valores y los lazos comunitarios evolucionan a partir de una larga acumulación de experiencias, con entendidos mitológicos e históricos que les dan la apariencia de haber evolucionado orgánicamente. No hay nada comparable en la integración de la UE, que parece mucho más una elección voluntaria a cargo de un pequeño grupo de notables. Así, es difícil imaginar que este camino pueda conducir a la identidad colectiva e individual que la unificación europea requiere.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.

required

Log in

http://prosyn.org/uuUFXXH/es;
  1. An employee works at a chemical fiber weaving company VCG/Getty Images

    China in the Lead?

    For four decades, China has achieved unprecedented economic growth under a centralized, authoritarian political system, far outpacing growth in the Western liberal democracies. So, is Chinese President Xi Jinping right to double down on authoritarianism, and is the “China model” truly a viable rival to Western-style democratic capitalism?

  2. The assembly line at Ford Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

    Whither the Multilateral Trading System?

    The global economy today is dominated by three major players – China, the EU, and the US – with roughly equal trading volumes and limited incentive to fight for the rules-based global trading system. With cooperation unlikely, the world should prepare itself for the erosion of the World Trade Organization.

  3. Donald Trump Saul Loeb/Getty Images

    The Globalization of Our Discontent

    Globalization, which was supposed to benefit developed and developing countries alike, is now reviled almost everywhere, as the political backlash in Europe and the US has shown. The challenge is to minimize the risk that the backlash will intensify, and that starts by understanding – and avoiding – past mistakes.

  4. A general view of the Corn Market in the City of Manchester Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

    A Better British Story

    Despite all of the doom and gloom over the United Kingdom's impending withdrawal from the European Union, key manufacturing indicators are at their highest levels in four years, and the mood for investment may be improving. While parts of the UK are certainly weakening economically, others may finally be overcoming longstanding challenges.

  5. UK supermarket Waring Abbott/Getty Images

    The UK’s Multilateral Trade Future

    With Brexit looming, the UK has no choice but to redesign its future trading relationships. As a major producer of sophisticated components, its long-term trade strategy should focus on gaining deep and unfettered access to integrated cross-border supply chains – and that means adopting a multilateral approach.

  6. The Year Ahead 2018

    The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.

    Order now