It will take much more than an economic recovery to fix Europe. The recent referendum in Greece has been by far the biggest test of European character since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It has led many to ask whether the European Union and the Euro, projects that were supposed to bring member states together, are in fact tearing them apart.
I can't think of a more gripping political drama than that of the EU/IMF/ECB/Greece Grexit discussions over the past few months... However, for the political elites orchestrating the centrifugal forces of the EU who like to keep everything behind closed doors, these scenarios have been discomforting.
One thing is clear, that Alexis Tspiras must stand firm in sweeping waters and against the rising tide. Historians will often say that European man is Greek in provenance. As citizens of Europe we know that Syriza is making decisions in constrained space and time, and that they should be proud -- whatever the outcome -- that they have sought to represent a demographic that extends beyond Greece and touches the heart of Europe.
As a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in the European Parliament I have questioned the wisdom behind aspects of the CAP's aims and implementation and I intend to be no less vocal on its contribution to the growing problem of land grabbing in the EU. Inequality is a growing curse in society: a growing inequality in land ownership will only exacerbate matters further.