A grand design for Europe

by Lorenzo Piccoli

People say the solution to the European crisis lies in more Europe, not less. Perhaps. But even so, what kind of Europe are we talking about?

There is a point, that of the need for a grand vision for Europe [link – in Italian], that I find appealing. The discussion, however, needs to evolve hugely. If we are to project a grand plan for Europe we will have to decide whether we want an economic Europe (as it has been so far), a social Europe (as many people hoped at the beginning of the 2000s), a military and externally projected Europe (as we failed to construct during the Balkan crisis and, more recently, during the African uprising).

Talking about grand designs is generally considered nonsense; but in this specific case there is no future for short-term rescue plans if we do not lay the foundations first.