Globalization, Interdependence and connectivity are nowadays the tools for the modernization of the economies. Emerging powers have replaced the traditional first world economies. However, since 2016 this new political and economic scenario has been conceptually altered by waves of protectionism and unilateralism. In particular, those proposals oriented to diminishing the confidence in the multilateral fora and in the principles of the open economy.
On 9 May, we mark Europe Day. The 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration offers a chance to reflect on what European integration means and on the EU’s role in the world. I want to use this blog post to do this from a personal angle, to set out why Europe as an idea and political project is worth defending.