„Devant les perspectives terrifiantes qui s’ouvrent à l’humanité, nous apercevons encore mieux que la paix est le seul combat qui vaille d’être mené. Ce n’est plus une prière, mais un ordre qui doit monter des peuples vers les gouvernements, l’ordre de choisir définitivement entre l’enfer et la raison.“
(Albert Camus, Combat, 8 août 1945).
NEWS February 26, 2017: Puissance Europe/Weltmacht Europa took part in the first public appearance of #pulseofeurope in Paris. #pulseofeurope is a citizens’ initiative that started from Frankfurt and aims at gathering as many people as possible, who stand for a united and democratic Europe, convinced that a majority of citizens all over our continent are only yearning for a more perfect Union. We citizens are in charge, in the first place, of the success or failure of Europe. Puissance Europe/Weltmacht Europa urges all citizens in Paris and Ile-de-France to take an active part on next Sundays from 15:00 to 16:00, 141 rue Rambuteau, in front of St. Eustache, and to visit #pulseofeurope website to stay tuned about the initiative’s progress in Germany, The Netherlands, France and beyond.
OBITUARY: Jean-Pierre Gouzy died on February 17. He was our memory of European post-war history. He left us, deeply dissatisfied with the present state of the Union. His commitment to European unity dated back to four years before the The Hague Congress (1948). Close in various ways to the great founders of the European Union of Federalists, Henri Brugmans, Alexandre Marc, Denis de Rougemont and Altiero Spinelli, and a relentless activist and champion of United States of Europe, he kept the French federalist house over several decades. He supported Puissance Europe/Weltmacht Europa from the start and followed with great attention the writing of our Continental Manifesto.
OBITUARY: Jacques Moreau passed away on January 24. A former S&D MEP, and secretary-general of the European Economic and Social Committee, he will be reminded for his contributions to the Single Market, the EMU and the European Charter of Fundamental Social Rights. Puissance Europe/Weltmacht Europa has lost a faithful friend and a shrewd critique. He fought for a more social Europe to the very end.
NEWS January 17, 2017 – Bernard Barthalay published an op-ed in the Huffington Post on Jan. 17 to welcome the commitment of Emmanuel Macron, a candidate to the French presidential election, to give Germany, after seventeen years from Joschka Fischer’s speech at the Humboldt University Berlin, the appropriate positive answer that it deserved.
NEWS January 5, 2017 – La double démocratie (Democracy Twice), a new book by Michel Aglietta and Nicolas Leron (Editions du Seuil, Paris), was released on Jan. 5. The recommendation is to give the eurozone a capacity to act, that is a budget, as both the embodiment of a new political order, encompassing two fully fledged democracies, the one national, the other European, and a last resort public investment agent, aimed at triggering a new regime of sustainable growth. A new juxtanational sovereign public power is enough to avoid the false dilemma federalism vs. the death of Europe, and break the present stalemate.