University strikes, school manifestations, disturbing unemployment rate: the French youth has no morale. According to a recent study by the Foundation for Innovation Policy they would even be the most pessimistic in the whole of Europe.
The citizens of Europe seem worried, there are crises everywhere! Economic crises, threats to buying power, global warming… They’re worried about everything except the upcoming EU elections next June. A Eurobarometer poll carried out at the end of 2008 shows the lack of interest in these elections; of the 28,219 people above the age of 15 asked, across all 27 countries of the EU.
The tense relationship between Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel seems to have relaxed somewhat following the compromise over the «Mediterannean Union». Nevertheless the two leaders continue to give the impression of indulging in battle and seem incapable of reviving the Franco-German axis.
For its tenth anniversary, the Marcel Rudloff prize awarded to former senator Louis Jung on April, 4th. This award is given each year the action of a politician in support of the rize of exchanges between the EU members.
Sometimes, we are caught in moments of doubt. Faith falters and convictions subside. In these moments, it is all too tempting to indulge in cynicism and relativism. Sometimes Europe disappoints us. Too slow, too fast, not visible enough. We come to hope for a new dawn of revolution, a loud bang!