Saturday, August 6, 2011

World and European dynamics: 20 years later ....

20 years ago today, the WWW was born. The world was still celebrating the winds of change propelled by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the return of freedom in Eastern and South Eastern Europe (and part of Asia).

The Presidency of the Council was in Dutch hands and the leaders of the then 12 members of the then EEC were slowly preparing for the European Summit aka IGC that was scheduled to take place in Maastricht in December 1991. That decided to create the EU out of the EEC et al and decide on a Economic and Monetary Union (that started in 1999, coins and banknotes introduced on 1/1/2002).

The mere suggestion of China membership of the WTO was unthinkable (it happened 10 years later, December 2001).

76 years ago today (August 6, 1945, the nuclear bomb was dropped at Hiroshima (Nagasaki on August 9).

Today, August 6, 2011 the winds of change have long died down. The winds of doom, gloom, xenophobia, etc etc etc are in full force.

December 1990: I was going from Brussels back to Paris by train and reading, in a well known magazine, about the plans for a single European currency while a few pages apart I was reading about the dis-integration of the Soviet Union. Little did I know that less than a year later I was to work in Brussels and dive into EU policies/affairs.

Times for the winds of change to blow again. Time for political union of the EU. Why? Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 20 years, you can understand why. Come to think of it, even if you have, you can still appreciate why.

One reason? Read this and connect the dots. Unless maybe you think that a social medium of 200 or 500 million "inhabitants" is a Polity or a country. You should not because it is not. Please unplug the matrix.

PS. Some 2491 years ago, in August or September 480 BC, the battle of Thermopylae took place.

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