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El País - Spain | 16/06/2006

Jorge Semprun on Europe's shifting axis

The Spanish writer Jorge Semprun analyses the causes of European "paralysis". "The old engine that powered the European project will not be able to restart so easily. We must study history to understand the significance, at the time, of France and Germany joining forces in a common project that transcended the wounds of a terrible war. For a parallel, one would have to imagine journalists of the future judging the success of a project jointly spearheaded by Israelis and Palestinians - something totally inconceivable from where we stand now. The idea of Europe invented by France and Germany transcended national ideologies. Today things have changed. The balance of forces between countries is no longer the same; there has been a significant opening up to the East, power has been redistributed. It is now necessary for new countries to play a major role in Europe."

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