European Parliament President Borrell in a debate
about "Europe´s aims - Europe´s borders".
During a public debate in Frankfurt/Oder (Germany), the President of the European
Parliament, Josep Borrell, made an impassioned appeal for a stronger
contribution to the realisation of a "new European dream". President Borrell
was taking part in a discussion on "Europe´s Aims - Europe´s Borders" at the
European University Viadrina with over 250 members of the public plus the
President of the University, Gesine Schwan, Polish MEP (Committee Education and
Culture) Janusz Lewandowski and the German Minister for Europe, Günter Gloser.
Josep Borrell made it clear that in his
is undergoing a crisis. "Not in
terms of the way it functions, but in relation to the way people view
Europe, and this crisis has been building
in the six years since the Treaty of Nice was established." In his
French and Dutch "no" votes in the referendum on the Constitution did
not cause the current crisis,
instead the "no" vote came as a result of the smouldering crisis
by the Treaty of Nice. According to Borrell, "the public doesn´t see
[Europe] a strong political project." His view is that today, after the
achievement of the original dream of peace between the European
goals are needed, together with the ambition to realise them.
"Europe is something we aspire to. The hope of peace,
economic progress and social justice. It is an ambitious project," he
conceded, but went on to say that this could be a role model for the whole world.
"Only Europe can shape the world in a fair and sustainable manner." Europe must be aware of
this responsibility because it was clear that "if we do not do it, then nobody
will." is something we aspire to.