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Our Europe is now already burning at its edges, and even in the "home countries" of the European Union, the anti-European aspirations are finding more and more encouragement and supporters. The current climax is Russia's attack on Ukraine and his regime's blatant threats of nuclear war should the free world not comply with Russian demands. This not only seems to plunge our politicians in Europe into a kind of agony, but rather shows all dictators, despots and terrorists in the world that, equipped with sufficient weapons of mass destruction, one can do one's mischief largely unmolested.
In my opinion, the EU's policy of appeasement towards Putin can only work as long as the United States of America is willing to vouch for Europe's existence and can also maintain its military strength.
Meanwhile, in the middle of Europe, the enemies of democracy are celebrating their electoral successes, openly professing “guided” democracy and are leaving no stone unturned to end the political alliance of the North Atlantic countries – by the way, the only guarantee of being able to realize our European idea. It is amazing how left and right-wing extremists are getting closer and closer; they seem to have made a pact against Europe and our values.
What can we, what must we professed Europeans do? In any case, we must not allow ourselves to be intimidated, we must continue to adhere to the European idea and we must live our own values such as freedom, peace and democracy.
We must also call injustice injustice and not try to get the most out of barter deals for ourselves; this applies above all to countries such as Russia, China or Saudi Arabia.
We must finally recognize that we can only realize the idea of a Europe united in diversity if we work together and accept that this involves compromises. We must leave no stone unturned to make the world a little more unified and better at every opportunity; this includes world trade agreements. And we must continue to hold fast to the promise of prosperity for all – arguably the most difficult idea to realize; well before "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" from 1776.
But it is probably precisely this promise that inspires most people about Europe. At the same time, however, it is also the promise that takes citizens away from Europe as soon as they fear that they might have to give up some of their own wealth. This is probably Europe's real dilemma and this is where our politicians are called upon! They must find the panacea for this and convey it to their voters before people fall back to dictators with their promises of salvation.