As Michael Ignatieff has succinctly put it in the New York Times, our "Tea Parties" do not conceive their political opponents as adversaries, but rather as enemies. And no trust, no dialogue and no compromise is possible between enemies.
This is exactly the opposite of what the European project was supposed to be. The European Union was created to turn old foes into friends, to bridge divisions between rich and poor, small and big states, East and West. It was never supposed to be fuelling divisions.
This is why those who believe in the European project must address the eurosceptic populism with a debate that surpasses the sterile question between being in favour or against Europe: the time has come to ask what kind of Europe we want. And we have to contribute to the response."
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