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Editors: Claval, Paul
Pagnini, Maria Paola
Scaini, Maurizio
Issue Date: 19-Jul-2006
Journal: Proceedings of the Conference THE CULTURAL TURN IN GEOGRAPHY, 18-20th of September 2003 - Gorizia Campus
Part VII: Cultural Geography and Geopolitics
In 2004 Europe will become a reality of 25 countries with the widest enlargement of its
history, adding to its body 10 new countries: Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Czech
Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Hungary.
It will be the realization of the dream, a radical change of our history, that will realize the
premise for a global idea, definitive of those that will be the boarders of Europe and the
European reality of the future. With the enlargement the European Union will achieve an
increase of the 20% of its population to forehead of a 5-6% income increase. It will represent
therefore an effort, a political action, an investment in the economic dimension never seen
before in the history. These countries will add to our community 25% more technicians,
researchers, applied scientists, giving so the possibility to prepare the new scientific Europe of
the human knowledge that is essential to build our future. Europe will open the way to the
overcoming of the problems that the overwhelming greatness of the United States and the
impetuousness of China and Asia represent, not in the protectionism or in the closing of the
boarders, but in the development of that great resource represented by its great human
resource and by its culture.
An intergovernmental conference of the member countries has been constituted and is
operating for completing a negotiation intended to reach a new Treaty, that will finally
constitute a constitution for Europe. The text of the treaty is in advanced elaboration and
object of a heated debate.
The agreement of the E.U. countries on the future European constitution will represent a
political action of fundamental importance and historical value. We will finally have a
constitutional paper that will institute and join Europe for a future political design that will
allow the development of a participative and democratic life of the Union for a long period
and will allow also to burden itself with the great problems of the globalization as well and to
face them with unitary constructive spirit and a new political idea that is worthwhile to all the
member-countries and favors their life and activities. The stages of the run of the only process
of coming to the approval and the following acknowledgements of the aforesaid constitution
in the 25 Europe countries, when not yet wider, appear today complex and of a not easily
predictable duration, not only for the known historical-political precedents of the member
countries, but for the correlated deficits of a harmonic generalized and generalizable European
culture, whose achievement will lead to a real articulation of the times of such stages.
Culture pervades every form of knowledge and human activity, therefore, I have prepared
this paper proposing to myself to limit my reflections to the aspects to which I am currently
prevalently devoting my study pledge (the welfare state in the E.U.).
Type: Proceedings
ISBN: 88-8303-180-6
Rights: © Copyright 2003 Edizioni Università di Trieste - EUT
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