Across Europe, hope and fear are grappling with one another for pre-eminence.
President Macron’s victory has been an enormous win for progressives everywhere, giving our mission of reform and revival a vital boost. Clearly, in the battle of ideas about how to run a modern society, Macron is going to be a crucial warrior.
But this fight is just beginning. A new Europe can be born, but we need to make it work. Far-right and populist parties are waiting in the wings in France, and remain centre stage elsewhere. They are powerful and have a crucial weapon on their side: irresponsible elements of the media who are willing to stoke up people’s anger and fear. You are our greatest asset in fighting this tide.
There have also been lows for Europe in recent weeks, some of them devastating. The brutal terrorist attacks in Manchester and London instilled horror in us all. It would be easy to respond to our feelings of insecurity with more anger, to act out of fear. But that would be letting the killers win.
Instead of closing borders and closing minds, we must do something far harder but far more effective: we must look deep within ourselves and ask questions. We must think about the Europe we have and the Europe we want. How can we protect our core values of democracy, equality and openness? How we can secure a bright future for all and how should we act now to make that future a reality? Success will require all of us to play a role in shaping our continent, to create a Europe we all want to live in, one that leads the world. Success depends on you.
We need to keep questioning, keep challenging and keep fighting for better. Most of all, we need to keep hope.
Bill and Annalisa
The Great European Disaster Movie was filmed in six countries and has so far been broadcast in 12 and translated into 10 languages, including Japanese. The film is available for one off, educational, public screenings on a strictly not for profit basis.
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Maastricht University, NL