My spouse keeps saying that the financial mess of the EU is largely due to the lack of leadership in Europe. Ask anyone for examples of Great Leaders, and they will come up with names such as Mahatma Ghandi, George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Mao Zedong, and Abraham Lincoln. None of them were Europeans. (Oh yeah, Europe produced some guy named Adolf Hitler. Sorry!)
Place Barack Obama next to the comic duo of José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy, and you get my point.
But what’s next?
We had dozens of ideas last year. But, with the exception of the annual conference, very few of them seem to be moving forward. What can we do about this? How can we change Europe? Where are the leaders?
Maybe ALE needs a guiding coalition to lead the change.
Let’s discuss this next week in Barcelona.