An excellent, in my opinion, column on the need to create a European consciousness, and the failure of the European Union and our national leaders to do so. The assertion that Europe needs more than just wanting to prevent war or protect rights, is bold, but boldness is precisely what lacks in current European politics (both at the national and European levels).

The author, Olivier Guez, puts the notion of culture at the core of a European consciousness, even advocating a common European school curriculum. This idea is indeed a bold one, and while each country should retain its autonomy in educational matters (the teaching of national literature and history), one may envision a common curriculum alongside the national one, a European curriculum based on the study of the Classics (classical and Christian), the very study of which has formed the minds of hundreds of generations throughout Europe from Antiquity up to the beginning of the 20th century, and as such virtually created a trans-national, European (and even Western, since this culture is also that of most Americans) Republic of Letters.