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Speech in the EU Parliament: Merkel in Strasbourg determined and without pathos

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No, pathos is not her thing. Anyone who believed that Angela Merkel would now use her performance before the European Parliament in her last chancellorship to formulate a political legacy was disappointed. It was not a vision she proclaimed. No signal for departure shook up the largest democratic parliament in the world, almost half of its members did not even appear. Did those who did not come want to document that for them the era of the leader Merkel was coming to an end?

That would be a mistake. How big this mistake is documented, somewhat surprisingly in the concluding debate just the Polish PiS deputy Ryszard Antoni Legutko. The clever man noted that Merkel’s speech could just as well have put forward a European Social Democrat – the positions between the major European parliamentary forces were somehow confused.

The Chancellor quotes verbatim from the coalition agreement

Legutko was right. But he was wrong too. What Angela Merkel recounted was actually – if you take the vote for a European army – almost exactly what is in the coalition agreement of the CDU, CSU and SPD. In this the terms “Europe” and “European” occur more than a hundred times. In part, the Chancellor even quoted literally from him.

But Ryszard Antoni Legutko erred at the same time because there is now in fact an all-democratic consensus on the future and the opportunities of the European Union. This unity may sometimes be more theoretical. But sometimes the practice is lagging, because the normative power of the objective takes time to assert itself.

Everyone has responsibility for the community

Solidarity is a universal value, especially in difficult times, Merkel said. Every individual decision of a country has a positive and a negative effect immediately on the neighboring states. If one deals lightly with the economy, with the independence of the judiciary, with the freedom of the press, that radiates. There is a connection between solidarity with Africa and dealing with migration.

Tolerance is the soul of Europe , formulated the German Chancellor. The responsibility of all for the community also requires respect for the fact that, for example, every country has its own way of dealing with refugees because of its traditions – even though 2015 all took too long to see the refugee issue as a task to be solved in common. Although they included Germany and their own government late, but nevertheless in the criticism – no one in Europe have seen that the need in the Middle East refugee camps was so great that people, driven by hunger, on the way to Europe made.

In her speech, she seeks the bridge to Macron

Without economic success and without a common foreign and security policy, Europe has no voice. Such a thing did not please the right-wing extremists in the house, they booed obtrusively. In the end, Angela Merkel sought the bridge to France , to Emmanuel Macron. Here the commemoration in Compiègne and Paris resolutely sounded, and the message: nationalism and selfishness must never again have a chance after two world wars. One sensed: Merkel’s chancellorship is not over yet.