25 May 2018

Friday party!

This Spanish representative to the European Parliament understands the EU's role:

(Here's a better version without subtitles)

Rough translation/transcript:
Europe today is limited in the North by populism, to the South by refugees drowning in the sea, in the East by Putin's tanks, to the West by Trump's wall, in the past by the war, and in the future by Brexit. Europe is today more isolated than ever, but their citizens don't realise it.

For all this, Europe is without any doubt the best solution and we don't know how to explain it to our citizens. Globalization teaches us that Europe is the only and inevitable solution/alternative, but Brexit teaches us that Europe can be reversible, that you can walk back in history, although it's very cold outside Europe.

Brexit is the most selfish decision since Churchill saved Europe with English sweat, tears and blood. Choosing Brexit is the most selfish way to say goodbye. Europe is not a market. It is the will to live together. Leaving Europe is not leaving a market but leaving shared dreams. You can have a common market, but without common dreams you don't have anything.

Europe is the peace that came after the war, it's the reconciliation between French and Germans. Europe is the freedom of Greece, Spain and Portugal. Europe is the fall of the Berlin wall. Europe is the end of communism. Europe is the state of well-being and democracy. Europe is fundamental rights.

Can we live without all this? Can we reject all this? For a market we going to leave all this behind? I hope in the next meeting in Rome we will talk less about what Europe owes us and more about what we owe Europe, after everything that it gave us.

The European Union is the only Spring our continent had in all history. I'm one of the people that on the day Theresa May announces Brexit will start dreaming about the day when British will be back home.

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