For better or worse, my generation, inheriting from Jean Monnet, Konrad Adenauer and many others, managed to develop the most amazing project in history: a union between Nations who had fought against each other for at least half a millennium and had just inherited the ruins of a second World War that had been as devastating as it had included one of the most heinous crimes against humanity: the Holocaust.
Like most of my contemporaneous thought leaders, I remain amazed and proud of this political, economic, social and cultural adventure that we have realized. Already at University, we were a group of students who shared that common passion for Europe. Its roots were different, its incarnation was diverse, but Europe has been for most of us the political passion of our lives and a treasurer that we try, in different ways, to save from the claw back of nationalism by its Member States.
The recent developments of the European Union have been an accumulation of disappointments: dealing with migration, international leadership and more recently the Brexit. Hopefully, these circumstances will be the wake up call that Europe needs to realize that it is to big to move forward and needs to accept the reality that only a few Member States are willing to embark in the fiscal and political integration that will create a European Federal State.