DTT-Net: EU and the challenges of globalization - by Jose Manuel Barroso
EU and the challenges of globalization - by Jose Manuel Barroso
"Europe’s unique strength is its capacity to combine unity with diversity.
I think it is important to stress that. Why? Because there is still a perception, particularly in the UK, that Jean Monnet's gradualist approach to European integration – effectively 'neofunctionalism', for anyone taking notes! – is inexorably leading towards a centralised superstate.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Let's look more closely at what Jean Monnet actually said. Reflecting on his ideas to pool coal and steel resources – the raw materials of war – that launched the integration process, he said: ‘Europe will not be conjured up in a stroke, nor by an overall design. It will be attained by concrete achievements generating an active community of interest."