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Memoria e identidad del Mediterráneo - Memory and Identity of the Mediterranean

Las relaciones exteriores y políticas de la Unión Europea y la cooperación en el Mediterráneo - European Union Foreign Relations and Foreign Policy, and the Cooperation in the Mediterranean


Edited By Jürgen Elvert and Enrique Moradiellos García

Esta obra contiene las actas del seminario doctoral «Las Relaciones exteriores y políticas de la Unión Europea y la cooperación en el Mediterráneo», organizado por la Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste con la colaboración de la Red SEGEI en el Real Monasterio de Yuste y Palacio de Carlos V, en Extremadura, España (del 16 al 18 de noviembre de 2011).
Ce livre contient les actes du séminaire doctoral « Relations extérieures et politiques de l’Union européenne et coopération en Méditerranée » organisé par la Fondation Académie européenne de Yuste avec la collaboration du réseau SEGEI, au Monastère royal de Yuste et palais de Charles Quint en Estrémadure, Espagne (du 16 au 18 novembre 2011).
This book contains the proceedings of the doctoral seminar, «European Union Foreign Relations and Foreign Policy, and Cooperation in the Mediterranean», organised by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation in cooperation with the SEGEI network, in the Royal Monastery of Yuste and Palace of Charles V, in Extremadura, Spain (from 16 to 18 November 2011).
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Memory and identity of the Mediterranean


When we commemorate the outbreak of World War I, we cannot forget that Europe is made, above all, of memory. The memory that unites us because of the shared tragedies, but also the memory of our common progress. All Europeans can rejoice today: one hundred years after the start of our collective suicide, this historically problematic continent has managed to consolidate peace.

Peace among its Member States is, in fact, the best contribution Europe can make to global security. It may not be enough, but it should be welcome. Europe was built on the war memory, but based on the values and ideas that characterize us. It is no coincidence that today, despite the crisis, the European Union as a whole is the first economy in the world –with a GNP of over 15.5 billion Euros– and the first trade power in the world –responsible for 20% of world trade. We face the 21st century as a superpower, in a multipolar and global world, because we are united.

Our memory shows that the peoples who live in this continent are undoubtedly the luckiest in History. We should vindicate the present: we had never enjoyed such a long period of peace, prosperity and integration. Our values, that are now questioned by various types of populism and extremism throughout the continent, are our most cherished treasure. Europe finds in its values the foundations of its structure as a supranational entity, based on the person’s dignity and...

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