Wednesday, 14 November 2007

European Idea or European Ideology?

President of the Portguese ‘New Democracy Party’, Manuel Monteiro, argues that the debate over the future of the European project must be understood through the separation of the European Idea from the European ideology. This will enable us to denounce European nationalism, clarify the real meaning of words used by the institutions and contained in the Treaties and remind us to demystify the fears.


The debate over the political future of the European Union – with or without the simplified treaty – has implied a distinction between two concepts that we cannot continue to approach as identical. Only this distinction will allow us to separate the wheat from the chaff, in a manner of thought, and position us in face of what we want to accept in our state relations at communitarian level. What then must we distinguish? The Idea of Europe from the European Ideology!

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