Stay at home folks, and lock your doors. Berlin is packed to the gills right now with all kinds of shady European heads of state intent on celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. And although it took them weeks of haggling (it always does, that’s just what Europeans do), all 27 governments have actually managed to sign off on a declaration which will not only be setting a timetable for introducing needed changes regarding EU decision-making practices (2009), it was also worded in such a harmless way that the Euro Constitution sceptics (France, Netherlands etc.) were also appeased. Big words like Constitution and God were completely avoided, in other words. Questions concerning EU expansion were also thankfully bracketed out.

All in all, quite an accomplishment, I’d say (seriously). But who am I to judge? I’m just an American. And Americans are notoriously ambivalent about Europe, and sceptical, too. The friggin’ thing just moves too damned sloooowww, you knoooowww?

But having said that… Americans, in the final analysis, ambivalent and sceptical as they are, can only hope that Europe continues down this road toward real unification. A truly strong and united Europe would only be a real partner for America, and not a rival (nicht wirklich). A weak and divided Europe (that’s right, like the one we are still living in) is the real danger. Sooo…

Happy Birthday, Europe! I mean, EU. And may the next fifty years be at least as eventful as the first fifty were. Ouch. What an awful thing to say.

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