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 LETS say it clearly: when innocents are assassinated, even when pretexts as permanent injustice estates or the invocation of sacred principles are used, there is no more than cruelty to be seen. London, as New York or Madrid did at the time, are calling us to solidarity and reflection. London asks solidarity from those who assume that human being’s rights and liberties are the ordinary practice on which we build our way of living in the world. But we are also called to reflection about the fact that, in the world that we know today, isolated paths no longer exist. There are no more glass bells able to protect a population, a country. As J.F. Kennedy said, human beings share the fact of breathing the same air, living in the same planet and depending on it to survive and, finally, the fact of being mortals.

Europe, because of its history and its culture, seems to have learnt that solidarity and reflection – I would say critical reflectionrepresent the only ways to exist as a culture and a civilization. This is why we were so shocked by the barbarity occurred in London, linked in time to the referendum about the European Constitution held in France and that must take us towards critical reflection from the effective solidarity of sharing the same universe of personal values. The only fact we could fear is fear itself because it paralyses us, destroys solidarity and can tempt us to reduce the universe of personal values and knowledge that defines us.

The dates after the Euromeeting in Islantilla are defined by two events, apparently disjointed, that puts us before a dilemma: the side taken by the French population – and the impact that followed- seem to mean, according to some people, a denial of the principle of union, just when, after what happened in London, solidarity and reflection in order to adopt effective measures is more necessary than ever. Nevertheless, I don’t think that French citizens have said no to Europe as some voices intend us to believe. I, also, don’t think, as others may say, that the negative result is just due to the French citizens’ intention of settling up the scores with their Government because of their Internal Policy. In my opinion, French citizens haven’t said no to Europe; they have said no to a formal and written consecration

that didn’t identify most of the French – and a high number of other European citizens. Every

Constitution, no matter how perfectible its future can be, always means a non-return point;



some basic and absolute conquests that create the image that the French and other European citizens have got of themselves. As I said before, I think that the French have followed their feelings- as well as other European citizens- and specify that the image that other citizens had of them because of the

Constitution is odd and blurred.


For all this, the time to give a precise definition about everything we’ve got in common and mishear all those words against the Union’s future has come. From this point of view, it is also the moment to deepen into all those alternatives suggested for our Group in the Euromeeting held in Islantilla. The relaxed atmosphere

I our Euromeetings is a good way of creating interchange and collaboration projects enabling us to become closer to the rest of our European mates, attitude that is always present in the British, Swedish

and Belgian mates, among others.



At the same time, it is important to develop working frames enabling our Group, by means of AGE, to be heard with its own voice in the Community Forums, give alternatives and collaborate with those who have power of decision. This would include inviting important personalities of this forum to the workrooms taking place in our Euromeetings. This proposal, supported by our French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish mates, among others, is totally complementary with the previous proposals given.



In review, I think that, looking towards future Euromeetings, proposals such as a clear definition of our way of thinking and acting as citizens from the European Union; enhancing, by means of our projects, our solidarity and our mutual knowledge or acting as European citizens and as retired people in the forum that belong to us and talking about problems involving us could be some of the aims to be covered because I

think this is the best way of building a firm future for the European heritage we’ve got in common.


Diego Carrasco Eguino

Professor of the University of Alicante