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  4. 4. YourcountrycodeVotrenumrodetlphone SendLink Standardtextmessagingratesapply TomyGermanfriends 965,246 Partagez J'aime Tlcharger DominiqueStraussKahn(2SlideShares),GlobalStrategyadvisor Follow 151 1,819 56 22 Publishedon18juillet2015 Publishedin:conomie&finance 2commentaires 40mentionsJ'aime Statistiques Remarques FullName Commentgoeshere. Ilya12heuresDeleteReplySpamBlock tesvoussrdevouloirOuiNon Votremessageapparatraici Partagezvotreopinion... Publier heidilina Personally,Idonotagreewithallthatissaid,especiallynotonDSK'sstartingpointforwritingthisopenletter.Butnonetheless,whataprofoundand beautifullywrittenstanceonEurope,onwhatitshouldbe,whatitmustbecome!Andbeyond,apowerfullessononhowlongtermvision,philosophy, culture,humanism,ethics(!?)should(always)supersedeshortterminterests,ideology,politics.Hissuperiormindandthinkingperhapsallowhimto freehimselffromthefettersofhisbelowthebeltcompulsions!Orperhaps,dohisneuronespreciselyfeedonhisexplosivehormones...Inanycase, whathewritesherereconcilesmesomewhatwithhimasheshedslightonthepathsaheadofusandchartsourcourse. Ilya4heuresRpondre tesvoussrdevouloirOuiNon Votremessageapparatraici Singefacteur Endehorsdel'aspectidologique,leproblmedel'Europevientsurtoutdulobbyismeetdufaitquelespaysnepuissentplusmettredemonnaiepour euxmmeetsoientobligderecourirauxmarchsfinancierscausedel'article123dutraitdeLisbonne,lafameusedetten'apaslieud'treet pourraittrsbientreeffacepurementetsimplementcommeonl'afaitpaslepasspourl'Allemagneetdansbiend'autrescas.Votretexteesttrs intressantetrsumebienlasituationmacroconomiqueetpolitiquemaisn'abordepaslecurdusujetetlesmcanismesquiconcrtementbloquent lasituation. IlyaunjourRpondre tesvoussrdevouloirOuiNon Votremessageapparatraici
  5. 5. MicheleRotelli 21minutesago ChristosChristoforou 41minutesago LaureCordelet 47minutesago TariqKrim,ChiefExecutiveOfficerandFounderatJolicloud 1hourago MarikaFila 2hoursago ShowMore Aucuntlchargement Vues Totaldesvues 965,246 SurSlideshare 0 partirdesajouts 0 Nombred'ajouts 80 Actions Partages 2,048 Tlchargements 352 Commentaires 2 J'aime 40 Ajouts0 Noembeds Signaleruncontenu Signalercommeinappropri Plainterelativeauxdroitsd'auteur Nonotesforslide Transcriptof"TomyGermanfriends" 1. 1.EUROPE:ENGLISH,GERMANANDFRENCHVERSIONS(Englishversion07/18/2015)TomyGermanfriendsHollandestoodhisground. Merkelfaceduptothosewhodidntwantanagreementatanyprice.Itstotheircredit.Thereisagoodchanceaplanwillbeputinplace,reducingif notremovingtherisksofaGrexit.Itsnotenough,butitswelcome.Theconditionsoftheagreement,however,arepositivelyalarmingforthosewho stillbelieveinthefutureofEurope.Whathappenedlastweekendwasformeprofoundlydamaging,ifnotadeadlyblow.Thereareofcoursethosewho donotbelieveinthatfuture,whowillberejoicing.Andtheyaremany,fromtwodifferentcamps.Firsttherearethosewhoaretooshortsighted.Those whosenationalismpreventsthemfromseeingbeyondtheirownbordersandwhovainlyponderuponEuropesveryexistence.Butwhoknowswhat Europereallyis?Whoknowswhencethiscontinentsprang?WasEuropebornintheHomericpoemsoftheIXCenturybeforeourtime?Wasitbornin themudandthemireofthetrencheswherethebloodsofalltheworlddidmingle,blendingtheircolours,brewingtheirdreamsandcrossbreedingtheir ambitions?Wasitbornevenclosertohome,andmoreprosaically,inthelaboriouslydetailedtreatiesoftheEuropeanUnion?Therewasnodoubtin themindofErasmus,who,in1516,wroteintheComplaintofpeace:AnEnglishmanistheenemyofaFrenchmanpurelybecauseheisFrench,and theBritonhatestheScotsmanbecauseheisaScottheGermansaredaggersdrawnwiththeFrench,theSpanishwithboth.Otheperversityof mankind!Suchsuperficialdifferencesasthenameofacountryareenoughtodividethem!Whydotheynotratherreconcilethemselveswithallthe valuestheyshare?Thentherearethosewhoaretoolongsighted.Thesearecapableofseeingbeyondtheirownfrontiers,buthavechosennotto supportthecommunitythatisneverthelessclosesttothem.Theyturntoothers,furtherWest,towhichtheyarewillingtosuccumb.Thisiswhatwason Cioransmindandtheechoofhisimpotentrageremindsusoncemore:HowcanwecountontheawakeningofEurope,helaments,oronitsanger? Itsfateandevenitsrevoltsaresettledelsewhere. 2. 2.Andthentherearethose,likemyself,whoareinneithercamp,andittothosethatInowspeaktomyGermanfriendswhobelieveintheEuropethat togetherweoncewantedthosewhobelievethataEuropeancultureexists.Thosewhoknowthatthecountriesthatdefineitscontours,andofwhichthe historybooksgenerallytellonlyofconflicts,haveshapedacommonculturethatislikenoother.Aculturenotricherthananyother,normoreglorious, normorenoble,butnolesssoeither.Forgedinthispeculiaralloy,ablendofindividualismandegalitarianuniversalism,itembodiesandupholds morethananyotherthatwhichtheGermanphilosopherJrgenHabermascallscitizensolidarity,whenhewrites,forexample,thatthefactthat thedeathpenaltyisstillinforceinothercountriesistheretoreminduswhatmakesournormativeconsciousnesssounique.Wearethecustodiansof thatculture.Thereisalonghistory,anapprenticeshipofovertens,hundredsofyears,withitssuccessiveepisodes,attimesofpain,ofgreatnessfor sure,andconflictalso,betweenusEuropeanbrothers.Wehavehadtoovercomeourrivalries,eventhemostviolent,withouteverforgettingthem.Ido notknowwhetherwehaveemergedstrongerfromtheseEuropeantrialsthathelpedshapethehistoryoftheworldbutwhatIamconvincedof, however,isthat,throughthem,wehavecometobelieveinasocietybuiltonsolidarity.EuropeisMichelangelo,Shakespeare,Descartes,Beethoven, Marx,Freud,Picasso.Itwastheywhotaughtus,likesomanyothers,thesharedfoundations,balancingnatureandculture,thereligiousandthesecular, faithandscience,theindividualandthecommunity.Itisbecausewesharethisheritage,becauseitissodeeplyrootedinourcollectivebeing,andgoes
  6. 6. onnourishingtheachievementsthatwehavebeen,arestillandwillcontinuetobecapableofinthefuture,thatwehavebeenabletoputanendtoour internalturfwars.Butthedemonthatmakesusrepeatourerrorsofthepastisneverfaraway.Thisiswhathappenedduringthatfatefulweekend. WithoutenteringintodetailaboutwhetherthemeasuresimposedonGreecewerewelcome,legitimate,effective,appropriate,whatIwanttounderline hereisthatthecontextinwhichthisdiktatwasissuedhascreatedacripplingsituation.ThattheamateurismoftheGreekgovernmentandtherelative inactionoftheirpredecessorswentbeyondthepale,thisIaccept.ThatthecoalitionofcreditorsledbytheGermanswasexasperatedbythesituation thuscreated,thisIunderstand.Butthesepoliticalleadersseemedfartoosavvytowanttoseizetheopportunityofanideologicalvictoryoverafarleft governmentattheexpenseoffragmentingtheUnion.Becausethatiswhatitcomesdownto.Incountingourbillionsinsteadofusingthemtobuild,in refusingtoacceptanalbeitobviouslossbyconstantlypostponinganycommitmentonreducingthedebt,inpreferringtohumiliateapeoplebecause theyareunabletoreform,andputtingresentmentshoweverjustifiedbeforeprojectsforthefuture,weareturningourbacksonwhatEuropeshould be,weareturningourbacksonHabermascitizensolidarity.Weareexpendingallourenergiesoninfightingandrunningtheriskoftriggeringabreak up.Thisiswhereweare.AEurozone,inwhichyou,myGermanfriends,wouldlaydownyourlawwithafewBalticandNordicstatesintow,is unacceptableforalltherest.TheeurowasconceivedasanimperfectmonetaryunionforgedonanambiguousagreementbetweenFranceandGermany. ForGermany,itwasaboutorganisingafixedexchangeratesystemaroundtheDeutschmarkand,throughthis,imposingacertainordoliberalvisionof economicpolicy.ForFrance,itwasamatterofrathernaivelyandromanticallyestablishinganinternationalreservecurrencyequaltothegrand ambitionsofitselites.Wenowneedtogetoutofthatinitialambiguity,whichhasbecomedestructive,andgetoutofitsselfcentredplans,evenifwe allknowthatoneonlygetsoutofambiguityatonesowncost.ThiswillrequireacommoneffortinFranceaswellasinGermany.Bothcountriesface majorobstaclesalongthisroad.Germanyistrappedinamisleadingandinconsistentstoryabouthowthemonetaryunionworks,andwhichiswidely sharedbyitspoliticalclassesandpeople.Conversely,inFrance,lazinessandthelatentsovereignismoftheeconomicandintellectualelitesissuchthat thereisnostorynotany 3. 3.intelligent,renovatedvisionofthearchitectureofmonetaryunionthatcouldfindpopularsupport.Weneedtoinventthiscommonvision,andfast. DonttellmeyouexpecttosaveEuropesimplybyimposingrulesofsoundmanagement.NooneismorecommittedthanIamtorespectingthe equilibriumitiswhathasalwaysdrawnusclosertogether.Butyouhavetobuildthisrespectthroughdemocracyanddialogue,throughreason,andnot byforce.Donttellmethat,ifthisisthewayitisandsomedontwanttoknow,thenyouwilljustcontinueonyourjourneywithoutthem.Fallingback ontheNorthwillneversufficetosaveyou.LikeallEuropeans,youneedthewholeofEuropetosurvive,dividedwearetoosmall.Withglobalisation wearewitnessingtheemergenceofvastgeographicalandeconomicareaswhicharegoingtocomplementingoneanotherandcompetingwithone anotherfordecades,maybecenturies.Thezonesofinfluenceandalliancesthatareformingarelikelytobelonglasting.EveryonecanseetheNorth AmericanPlatetakingshape.ItwillclusteraroundtheUnitedStatesitsCanadianandMexicansatellites,andperhapsothersfurtherafield.Allthesigns suggestthatSouthAmericawillbeabletoachievesomesortofautonomy.InAsia,twoorthreezonescouldmaterialize,dependingonwhether,in additiontoChinaandIndia,Japanwillbeabletoattractsufficientsolidarityarounditself,preciselybecauseittooistoosmallalone.Africais awakening,atlast,butitneedsus.AsfortheMuslimworld,troubledtodaybytheturmoilemanatingfromapoliticaluseofIslambysome,itwill probablystruggletofindunitywithin.Europecouldbeoneoftheseplayers,butthisisnotyetcertain.