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El Huffington Post - Spain | Friday, February 21, 2014

For Bernard-Henri Lévy Ukraine is Europe's beating heart

Kiev's Maidan is now at the very heart of Europe, philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy said in early February in a speech to the opposition forces occupying the square. In the speech, now published in his blog with the left-liberal online paper El Huffington Post, he assures the protesters that they have the solidarity of many Europeans: "You embody the European project. You restore to it its content and program. You give to the word and to the idea of Europe a meaning. ... And that is why I believe that the real Europe is here. That is why the real Europeans are those who have come together here in Maidan. That is why Ukraine is not a vassal of the Russian empire begging to be joined to Europe. It is, at least for the moment, the beating heart of the continent, and Kiev is that continent's capital. People of Maidan, brothers and sisters in Europe! I also want to tell you how many of us, from Paris to Berlin and elsewhere in Europe, have heard your message. I know that you feel alone. I know that you have the feeling of being abandoned by a Europe that, in turning its back on you, is turning its back on its very substance. That is true. But it is also true that you have friends in the societies of Europe."

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