Syria, the UK referendum, and our European Union

Syria, the UK referendum, and our European Union

I am writing as I travel to Africa: Mozambique and South Africa. This visit goes well beyond the development aid that the European Union is providing to the continent: it designs a strategic partnership on the big global issues – from climate change to migration to the fight against poverty.

Before I left I met in Brussels with the United Nation’s special envoy for Libya, Martin Kobler, and I was in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament for a meeting with members of both the EP and national Parliaments (a good chance for seeing many friends and former colleagues).

We discussed Syria, the refugee crisis, and how to save the great European integration project. It is a project which we need everyday more, and which could vanish if strong political leaders do not support it with courage and resolve – both at European and national level. It is about time we understand this: when we discuss a transfer of sovereignty towards the European Union, we are in fact talking about the only way to regain our sovereignty in today’s globalised world.