Please, not a new narrative! That would be stupid! To cut it short: what Europe needs is credibility, not a new narrative. Europe has to deliver. The only really convincing narrative is: politicians, managers, civil servants, trade unionists, NGO representatives, clerics – all the people who appear in the media and public as part of the decision-making process in democratic societies must say what they intend to do and do what they say.
Peter Scherrer vice-voorzitter van de European Trade Union Confederation reageert op het pleidooi van Massimiliano Santini voor een ‘nieuw verhaal’ voor Europa.
People want social justice. That would be the best and most convincing argument for defending Europe and further Europeanisation. President Macron should learn very quickly the lessons of recent weeks. The gilets jaunes are about social justice. And many of the social democratic parties must make it clear what they want and what they stand for. One option is to stand firm “Together in Europe”. It goes without saying that this would mean more EU competences on social policy. Otherwise, they will vanish, as some already have.
When Europe stands for solutions and action it will have created its best possible narrative. When action creates the narratives they will be convincing and sustainable. Europe certainly does not need a new narrative – it needs credibility.