Europe and euro are immortal
Is the claim of Mohan Murti in the business section of the Hindu today.
Will the EU survive? People are asking the question because of the crisis. My answer is a categorical yes.
Having lived and worked in Europe for two decades, I am one of those people who have always held in the European idea and will continue to do so.
To me, it still is inconceivable how this continent has bunched together its economic, trade, political and military forces.
Clearly, there is more that unites its countries than divides them. Europe and euro are immortal.
Making Europe immortal is a very old idea. After being struck by one of Eros's arrows, Zeus, the father of all Greek gods, fell in love with Europa, the daughter of the Phoenician king. When he later realised that his beloved was destined to pursue the path of mortals, he named the continent after her and proclaimed: “Europa, you shall be immortal because the continent that has accepted your body shall bear your name for all time.”
Despite the current euro crisis, Europeans who believe in the idea of Europe may be nit-picking and moaning but have not mislaid any faith in the European idea.
Of course I beg to differ, but seeing the way that the colleagues have reinvented themselves and ridden roughshod over the wishes and fears of the peoples f Europe I can understand how he might think it.
There again, nothing is ever immortal, nothing.