The present financial crisis gives us a chance to watch in action characteristically, what may seem a temporary weakness of the European peoples to unite. The decision itself for their Union and the world conditions point to the relevant course as useful and desirable – but, is a Union even possible?
The nature of the European ‘Union’ as an economical and preventing-possible-European-wars cooperation, does not allow any optimism at all. There exist in most member states politicians with feelings of solidarity, even with awareness of an urgent need for being united, all this in vain, since the European ‘Union’ comes forth as a formation essentially of the Soviet-type, a crude will to power.
In the Soviet case they had to resort even to pan-slavism, in a desperate effort for the lifeless to gain a semblance of life. In Europe even this is not possible – rather the opposite: radical differences of the past and of the nature of the European peoples will promote nationalism, racism, etc., until the ‘Union’ will be dissolved, perhaps in conflicts and the creation of narrower formations.
We are thinking about the Islamic problem of Europe, having underestimated the fact that before that we ourselves are a problem for each other, regardless of Islam. Calmly, coldly, reading the facts, we understand that it doesn’t have sufficient importance if the French read Goethe or the Germans Flaubert, since the poets and philosophers of Europe, when they did not systematically undermine, usually they did not wish for, and, at any rate, they failed to increase, the religious awareness of the very people who speak the same language with them. Really, do we think that a European Union can exist independently of any religious life and refusing the Christian faith – the very foundation of all European cultures?
Every country in Europe and even our ‘Union’ brought the European conscience to the point of opposition or indifference for its very highest – but, as Plato warned, it is not possible for the conscience to have a real unity, when it is stalled in underdevelopment , even if not always reaching to perfect lowness, even if dressed as ‘aesthetic’, ‘humanitarian’, ‘peaceful’, ‘scientific’, ‘civilized’, etc. What is it that would bring satisfaction and integrity in a soul paralyzed for its very best?
If it is impossible for a people disregarding its very highest, to care for various values and for a real unity with other peoples or with itself, the problem with Europe from the start to the end is essentially religious.
Some understand this, and invest their hope to the union of the Churches. For reasons explained elsewhere, I believe in the closest possible cooperation of the Churches, but with a conscious and explicit avoidance of their union – yet, whatever variation one may favor, the future of Europe depends to the Churches primarily, if not exclusively.
Given the speed of the historical developments, the relevant decisions and actions of the Churches need to have the speed of a thunder, otherwise the future of the European Union will be shorter even than the most pessimistic views foresee.