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08 Jun

Europe in Peace

As a positive global force, the European Union (EU) can really be proud of what it has achieved in sixty years: the 27 EU states that have returned since Britain's exit are largely prosperous. Central elements are also international understanding and - very important: - the resulting peace.

The international community cannot rest on what has been achieved so far. There is too much to do in the future: guaranteeing internal and external security, fighting terrorism, consolidating defense and safeguarding growth and jobs.  

Europe in the future? Peace! - The EU must stand firmly together with all of its member states. Joint European action is better than purely national muddling through. This also and especially applies after crises like the Covid-19 pandemic.

But pan-European issues must be decided more quickly and, above all, implemented more consistently. The principle of unanimity is already being broken in some areas. However, all countries still have to agree on key issues (i.e. refugee policy, defense).

Even the smallest member state could suddenly block the entire EU with a veto. It must therefore be possible in future for some Member States to take the lead on important issues, while others do not or do not want to participate.

Some member states very much appreciate the cornucopia that the EU occasionally empties over the community. But when it comes to duties, they are all too happy to turn their backs on them. We should also agree in the future that there is no alternative to Europe. This is true when it comes to the welfare of people. This also relates to the currency. But the confederation is particularly important when it comes to peace.

With Best Regards

Walter Thieme
WTH Managing Director