Published in EUobserver, 19 May 2005
The fuss last week over whether Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström actually made those reported remarks about intergovernmentalism leading to war does not matter: the content of those remarks does.
We should not mistake the way the European Union has changed the way in which the different countries in Europe relate to each other. And that is because of the way in which the EU itself works.
No-one should suppose that while the EU has brought peace, we now have peace and thatthe EU is therefore no longer necessary. Peace is not an achievement; it is a continual act of reaffirmation.
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