Why Europe is the way


After the state of alarm, we were discussing some good friends, gathered after a kind invitation to lunch and swimming pool (thanks to the hosts!), About the context derived from the crisis and we concluded that the solution is through more Europe. The virus has demonstrated the insufficiency of the concept of borders, and the answer given, a posteriori, advises reviewing the solutions so that they are addressed at European level. The idea of ​​Europe built after the Second World War was intended (and is intended) to advance towards a model of a peaceful and collaborative society, which adds to diversity and which aspires to a high quality of care for citizens. The initial Europe of the common market is now the Europe of freedoms, democracy and the social state. And, of course, of cohesion and solidarity, as evidenced by the significant financial effort that will be made to form a true economic and social shield, from which in Spain we will be great beneficiaries. For this reason, today more than ever, in a context of highly polarized globalization between the American neoliberal axis and the clearly interventionist vision in the sphere of the freedoms of the Asian axis, we need more Europe understood as a guarantee of democracy, social sustainability and environmental and, of course, individual rights. However, the crisis has revealed certain weaknesses that should not be seen as a loss of value of the idea of ​​Europe, but as an occasion for impulse. In a Europe where the economic market is one of the pillars, there is an urgent need to correct the absence of a common health policy. The European Union must promote a new, professionalized health governance that makes the health sector an economic engine and one that defends citizens’ rights (the impact on the economy of the pandemic shows how important it is to conceive of health as an investment and not as an expense). Understanding health as state sovereignty is, in this interconnected 21st century, a clearly outdated concept. If diseases do not understand borders in their transmission, a crisis health policy at the state level (and less regional or local) is obsolete. And the same happens with the response provided by public health purchases, advising on a modern and proprietary model that emphasizes value rather than price, and that encourages innovation, business creation and specialized work in a sector. as dynamic as it is essential (as an example the joint European effort to achieve a vaccine for covid-19). In this new European architecture it is essential to solve the problems of fiscal asymmetries, of inadmissible justification. Investments do not understand borders either and therefore Europe must have its own and uniform model where no State can make unfair tax competition to other countries. Existing anomalies (Ireland or Luxembourg, for example) must be corrected. Tax grievances are also a threat to the very foundations of European construction. Equally, the States must respect the commitment to a uniform financial stability model, each adopting the necessary structural reforms to avoid a confrontational scenario between Northern Europe and Southern Europe. We have not come out of this global health crisis stronger. We have faced a dystopian scenario from a certain state individualism that has highlighted the insufficiency of the management model at the national level. To be stronger and to move towards a truer future we need more and better Europe. A new culture that emphasizes what unites us (and not what separates us). A Europe that makes the struggle for freedoms, responsibility, education and solidarity its hallmarks against the risk of predatory globalization and exclusive nationalisms. Europe is the best ‘shield and sword’ to combat the international health and economic crises resulting from globalization. Let’s make Europe a model of knowing how to add, of attracting talent (regulating legal immigration), of guaranteeing social rights. To come out stronger requires promoting Europe and its model, which seeks to integrate and not break, which makes dialogue and not imposition the way of understanding politics. A Europe without borders, in solidarity, socially responsible, committed to the environment, with a vocation for leadership in the face of current technological demands. Therein lies the future post-crisis. I, as a citizen, claim to be stronger, more and better Europe.