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El País - Spain | 17/06/2008

More Erasmus for Europe

Author and philosopher Fernando Savater writes in the Spanish daily El País: "A foreign journalist recently asked me what I thought Europe needed. Without hesitating ... I answered: Erasmus. ... From time to time, every 50 years or so, we need a good dose of the great humanist. ... His greatest dream was that of a united Europe from which the English, German, French and Spanish national names which 'stupidly' separate us ... would disappear. He even goes further and says in his Querela pacis [The Complaint of Peace]: 'The entire world is a fatherland for us all'. What would he think today of a Europe that increasingly seals itself off with its exclusive privileges, which exploits migrants for all they are worth as long as they are useful then denies them rights of any kind, which locks them away without trial or condemns them to a life of uncertainty? What would he think of a Europe which cedes to pressure by the employers' associations and accepts working hours from the times of slavery? The barbarians are making a comeback, and we would do well to remember Erasmus."

El Mundo - Spain | 01/12/2007

Bernard-Henri Levy sees Europe as a remedy

In a dual interview conducted by Pedro Garcia Cuartango, the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy discusses the importance of Europe with the Spanish thinker Fernando Savater. "The difference between France and Spain is due to the fact that the two states were not formed in the same manner. In France there is something known as Jacobinism ... . This is a tragedy that plagues French politics. Europe is the remedy for Jacobinism. And in Spain, Europe is also a real remedy for terrorism, fundamentalism, multinationals, ETA and violence. But not the lazy Europe we know today, not the 'why not' Europe, the Europe of markets and the euro. I am referring to the Europe of the people, of civilisations, of rights and laws, anti-terrorism and the enlightenment. That optimistic Europe we lived in during the 1950s and that is now at the point of dying."

Tiempo de Hoy - Spain | 11/05/2007

The limits of poitical tolerance in Spain

Banned in Spain since 2003 because of its links with the ETA (Basque separatist organisation), the Batasuna party is seeking to be indirectly present in the municipal elections that will be held in the Basque and Navarre regions on May 24th. As a result, several lists of candidates supported by Batasuna have been banned of the elections. The Spanish writer Fernando Savater responds by wondering what the limits of tolerance should be: "... Intolerance should be denounced as much as the intolerable and both should be fought democratically. The Swedish writer Lars Gustaffson has summed this up very sell: 'Tolerance towards intolerance creates intolerance. Intolerance of intolerance creates tolerance'. .. The real enemy of tolerance is fanaticism, not necessarily among those who are most convinced, but the among people who shut other people up in order to escape their own doubts."

El País - Spain | 10/01/2007

Fernando Savater on ETA terrorism

The Spanish philosopher and writer Fernando Savater wonders what political parties in the Basque Country are to do in the wake of the lethal terrorist attack committed on December 30th by the ETA (Basque Separatist Organisation). "Over all these years we have tried to practice politics in the Basque Country despite the violence and permanent adulteration of the intimidated will of citizens. ... It is time for constitutionalists to refuse to take part in the political game as long as terrorism goes on. Let there be no more elections, no more shams pretending that everything is normal in the middle of an abnormal situation, or else let those who are benefiting from the situation suffer as much as their direct victims. Autonomy cannot only benefit a lucky few. It is not some divine right without quid quo pro or obligation to the State."

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