Debate: Our true European community

28 August 2012 – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt)

Fiscal union in order to complete the single currency is the only way out of the crisis, says German writer Martin Walser. But it is important to remember that the true Europe has always been a community of learning, which respects the various cultures that make it up.

Every night we are diverted by a battery of points of view on the crisis. For me, this produces the following effect: I listen to each expert to see if he still wants Europe or if, on the contrary, he wants us to return to an array of national currencies, without the euro.

Only those that hope that the European Union will also be a monetary union get my vote. The euro is here. It is more than a currency. Today, for a country to return to the age of national currencies, to become, once again, the plaything of every speculator, is a nightmare scenario.

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