May 4, 2008
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.Author : EMI