Simon Freud, father of psychoanalysis, said that his main finding after years of exploring the unconscious is that from birth to the grave we are all divided. Divided between those who want to grow and those who do not want to grow. Currently, Europe is in this dilemma, wounded by the advance of Europhobia within its own bosom. That is why yesterday the session of psychoanalysis to which the European Union was subjected, as a concept, but also as reality and even as a dream, seemed more necessary than ever in the French Institute of Madrid.
In an act conducted by EL PAÍS journalist Joseba Elola, who exercised a sympathetic and modern Freud, the ambassadors of France, Germany, Ireland and Poland sat on the couch to reflect on the present and the future of the EU. The four diplomats agreed to demand more communication and dialogue between the partners to combat the specter of populism and europhobia that threatens to break the European project, but each of them provided its own recipe for it.
In this way, the French ambassador Yves Saint-Geours began by recognizing that in France there is europhobia. "It would be very inconsistent not to see it. We are founders of the EU and we know how to capture it. It started a long time ago due to the disappointments of the European project and the identity nationalism, "he explained. However, he said that the European purpose can not be knocked down by these hectic times after the earthquake caused by the Brexit. "Germany and France consider that the road is the opposite to the one taken by the United Kingdom. And it is important that two historical enemies like Germany and France have it so clear and go together in this, "he said. "The method is to build a consensus. If it is not built, Europe is over. We can not build dissensions, "he added.
Along the same lines, the German diplomat Wolfgang Dold, also lying on the sofa of the assembly hall of the French Institute, said that the disenchantment after the economic crisis has reached the very heart of societies: "It is a truth that exists in European middle class an impression that the promise of Europe was not up to par. That feeling that in Europe our children will live worse than us and that it causes discomfort and mistrust. "
Given this malaise, Sile Maguire, ambassador of Ireland, said that "young people want Europe to protect them" and spoke openly of "collective responsibility" to get out of this trance and relive the great European project. "The important thing is to fight against the culture of indifference," he said. "A good therapy would not be seen as enemies. And, above all, to see ourselves as people with whom it is worth speaking, "said Marzenna Adamczy, ambassador of Poland.
Adamczy, who brought a lot of humor to his speech on the couch, did not go down when the interviewer told him about Poland's problems of coexistence with some European partners. "We Poles are pro-European. If any party wanted to start the exit from Europe, it would be their political suicide in Poland, "he said. "But there are two problems to solve. On the one hand, there are many people in Central and Eastern Europe who have spent many communist years and that marks from the point of view of the mentality. There was a father State that thought for you and acted for you. I would not let you take responsibility for anything. And that affects many societies in that area. We do not want our sovereignty to be taken away from us sometimes because we live too long without it because of those communist states. And on the other hand there are social groups that feel abandoned and have been left out of European advances. They have to be convinced that they can also contribute something and that they will not be left out of God's hand. "
The example that came out most as a model to recover the illusion for Europe was that of Erasmus. His greatest advocate was the French diplomat, who was the first Erasmus supervisor in France. But he also defended and praised another guest to this session of political psychoanalysis as Francisco Fonseca, director of the Representation of the European Commission in Madrid. "Erasmus represents something very important for Europe. Its integration mode is an engine for everyone. It was rejected in its first draft due to lack of ambition and until it did not have that integrating ambition it was not approved. We must have that same ambition for the Union, "he said.
The ambition to grow, which Freud would say. More now that the EU is on the couch.