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Europe must keep calm and carry on

13 Sep 2017, 11:24 UTC
Europe must keep calm and carry on
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It was in the aftermath of World War 2 that the idea of a United Europe first really took hold, resulting in a series of steps being taken that would make it a reality. In parallel to the joint initiatives being pursued by some European states, there were even instances of this paradigm shift being reflected at national level, with the European spirit being given actual legal force, notably in the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany, which says in its preamble: “Inspired by the determination to promote world peace as an equal partner in a united Europe, the German people, in the exercise of their constituent power, have adopted this Basic Law.”
Since then, many steps have been taken with a view to building strong interaction and cooperation in Europe, resulting in the emergence of the present day European Union and all the possibilities and opportunities that entails. In parallel, European organisations like ESA, ESO (the European Southern Observatory) and EUMETSAT (the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) have been set up to reinforce cooperation in various areas. So far so impressive. Does this mean we can just relax and continue as before?
No, clearly ...

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