Here are some extracts:
"In the many places where disenfranchised young people have set up camp and made public protests they are clamouring for social justice. Wherever such camps are – in Spain, Portugal, the countries of North Africa, American cities or Moscow – this demand is being made with great force and fervour. Anger is mounting over a political system that rescues banks with eye-watering mountains of debt but squanders the future of young people in the process."That's true enough so what's their answer:
"... we are asking the European Commission and national governments, the European parliament and national parliaments to create a Europe of actively employed citizens and to secure the financial and legal requirements for the European Year of Volunteering for Everyone – as a counter-model to the top-down Europe, the Europe of elites and technocrats that has prevailed up to now that considers itself responsible for forging the destiny of the citizenry of Europe – if need be, against its will. For it is this unspoken maxim of European politics that is threatening to destroy the entire European project.If I've understood them correctly their answer to top-down control boils down to the creation of bottom-up control instigated and directed by top-down control. I suppose that's consistent with their logic and interpretation of democracy. They go on:
The aim is to democratise the national democracies in order to rebuild Europe in the spirit of the rallying cry: "Don't ask what Europe can do for you but ask what you can do for Europe – by doing Europe!"
"We cannot afford to allow Europe to be transformed into the target of an "angry movement" of citizens protesting against a Europe without Europeans. Europe cannot function without Europeans committed to its cause, and Europeans cannot do Europe unless they can breathe the air of freedom."
"The citizens of such a Europe will want to go to other countries and get involved in transnational problem areas in which national states are no longer able to offer appropriate solutions – environmental degradation, climate change, mass movements of refugees and migrants, and far-right radicalism. They will also want to make use of European networks of art, literature and theatre as stages to promote the European cause."Somehow, I don't think that will create jobs for the unemployed or put food on the table though the signatories themselves have no doubt mulled over the basic details between numerous courses.
This letter amounts to a plea to the people for unity and allegiance to the EU. They've finally noticed the writing on the wall and they're worried their precious project is stalling on the road to federalism. Take a look at the signatories and have a good laugh as you read the name of the first one to beg for understanding and tolerance: Jacques Delors, former EC Commissioner and prominent member of the arch-federalist Spinelli Group. Away from the columns of the Guardian Delors blames nationalism and individualism for the breakdown in EU politics; he blames national governments for lack of cohesion, the people themselves for lack of understanding but mainly the current EU leaders.
So, for the moment at least, it isn't tanks or EuroGendFor. As people riot and cities burn from Athens to Lisbon all they're saying is, 'Stop burning the flag, stop throwing molatov cocktails and start volunteering.'
NO! NO! NO!