… and the crowds are getting bigger! This Sunday saw another demonstration for Europe on the Goetheplatz in Frankfurt. This time the demonstration was even supported by some live music.
This has been my fourth Pulse of Europe demonstration. The speakers at the events all share an enthusiasm for Europe. Many recall a time when Europe was less united; when it was not so easy to roam so freely in Europe, be it for work or travel. All speakers are usually met with ample applause. There are two topics, though, where the applause is mixed:
- The economic situation in Europe. Is the South dragging down Germany, or is Germany imposing an impossible straight jacket on the South?
- Has Europe been too open to refugees, or are we not doing enough?
These two topics are central to the future of Europe. Leave them as they are and they have the potential to tear Europe apart. Anyone who wants a future for Europe needs to have a position on these issues. (For the economic question I have sketched my position in this blog here, here, here, here, and here.)
Let the discussion begin!