"we are on our own my little fella"..

Article published on Sept. 20, 2010
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Article published on Sept. 20, 2010
I love to talk about Europe and its policy/ies.. Sometimes I have good interlocutors with arguments, such as Greg .. Yesterday's discussion went like this .. ''I imagine you are hurt because of the lack of solidarity and of this paper-made European construction? But from many years ago, it was obvious, as Aristotle had pragmatically said "human relations are based on interest" ...

Besides, add to that statement all the necessary elements of a coherent State, the key is for the people to feel that they form, make up a "nation" (classical element of the identity of an individual-deeply psychological) ...

So do you still believe that Europeans feel that they belong to the European Nation or to belong to the German, Italian, Czech, Greek?

In the first case, Europeans would feel (highlight the use of the verb FEEL) whether they are French or English as we feel for the problems faced by the Thracians towards Turks, ie to consider this problem as their problem, because people from the Ionian Islands and Thracians are both bits of the Greek nation (part of their identity / solidarity with their brother / willing to fight for the interests of Thrace).

In the latter case they would consider all other as foreigners, as partners, outside of their fellow.

In that case this European origin / background is not part of their identity, which means that it doesn' t affect them and they do not care about what is happening in the Aegean since we are nothing more than partners ...

Theofilos.jpg THEO-filos crashing some national soldiers at mini Europe

Case study: Take a look at the American state whose citizens feel part of the American nation and then have a look at the ex-Soviet country where people do not feel part of the Soviet nation, but everyone felt Ukrainian, Azeri and so on ... If what I said is a bit vague search for the psychological dimension of identity.

Eventually to the states where the notion of the nation coincides with the state, its consistency is an "internal" matter, is an autonomous choice of every citizen because it derives from the instinct of identity, whereas, in the case of an alliance, cohesion is a matter of administrative documents and written rules, is external, it does not rely on citizen's self-determination but stems from the outside, imposed from the statutes of the cooperative. ''....