60 Ideas for Europe

One voice

As long as the member states of the EU represent themselves in international organisations (like IMF or UN), their impact will be limited and far beyond what it could be if the EU had the possibility to speak in their name. Hence my suggestion : to speak with one voice in international organisations.

The same is true as far as sports are concerned. What would be the impact of a pan-European team at the Olympic games? Of course, the feeling of being part of a single national country still is very strong in Europe and the readiness to give up national teams for the Olympics does not yet exist. Nevertheless the EU should aim at being present at future Olympic games with an own team (why not start with volunteers from the national teams?). Athletes defending the colours of Europe would boost the feeling of belonging to the Union.

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  1. I’m afraid you don’t get the point Peter. There shall never be a true Union as far as the political leaders keep wanting the name of their country being glorified. You see, here come the eternal “virtues” of arrogance, egoism and ethnicism. These “virtues” can not be overruled.

  2. Peter a tout à fait raison: il est vital pour l’Union de parler d’une seule voix au plan international.
    Quant aux modalités dans le champ du sport de haut niveau , la base volontariste me paraît excellente car elle créerra une émulation supplémentaire entre athlètes, mais encore faut-il que les organisations internationales (C.I.O) l’acceptent!

    Les contre-arguments de l’unique réponse actuelle ne me convainquent pas: arrogance, chauvinisme… caractérisent déjà les délégations nationales!!!
    Pour s’en accommoder quand il s’agit d’instances étatiques et pourquoi les stigmatiser quand il s’agit d’initiatives euroépennes???

    Il y a là, selon moi, une contradiction performative!

  3. Semaj Ytrairom, c’est pas faux, mais je suis quand même favorable à l’idée.

    Semaj Ytrairom, it’s not false but I’m for the idea.

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