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What ails European Union?

Just now the lilac is in bloom; if winter comes, can spring be far behind? Isles of Greece, Isles of Greece…All except their sun is set. Like flies to wanton boys are we to God….I could not help laughing at myself but it was back to square one. Karl Marx, Victor Hugo, Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell and a host of other big names flashed across my mind. Europe loomed large in my mind or rather, its contribution to art, literature, philosophy, science, education, sports and games. The Europeans were the trend setters; they were good businessmen too.

 But right now they seem to grope in the dark, restless and restive. Or else, why are they so reluctant to accord wholehearted support to the European Union? The poor voter-turnout in the recent European parliament elections does not augur well not only for the European countries but to the rest of the world as well. It is clear that people are more concerned about their immediate problems resulting from the global economic crisis than about the European Union.

But if they look back and draw inspiration from their forefathers they could safely overcome the present problem.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

One Commnet on “What ails European Union?

  1. Well… That is too much of pink for the European past… My recollection of high school history and geography suggests otherwise – Eurpoeans never believed in unity, rather the European spirit was always in ‘Divide and Rule’. So, I would rather interpret the poor voter turnout for the EU elections as a reiteration of the European Legacy.

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