Old Europe, New Europe: Sandra Kalniete’s remarks at the Leipzig Book Fair 2004

Remarks at the Leipzig Book Fair
24 April 2004, Leipziger Buchmesse

I don’t like to talk in terms of Old Europe and New Europe. To me, Europe is Europe, once again unified and free. The many reversals in fortune in Europe’s history can be blamed primarily on one thing – our inability in the past to pay attention to changes in our milieu – that is, to listen and hear the initially subtle and increasingly obvious ambiguities in our discourse. If this happens at a time when one political force or another cleverly takes over that discourse and turns it into a self-serving tool, then Europe faces bitter times. Continue reading