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Vaclav Havel in the European Parliament: a joy…

(BRUSSELS2) I didn't want to miss Vaclav Havel's visit to the European Parliament this Wednesday. Both because, 20 years later, it was a personal memory and because, for me, he is a great European politician. 20 years later, I have not been disappointed. Better ! I was blown away to see this tired man, worn out by illness, have so much fervor, intellectual vigour, philosophical reflection, while remaining concrete and visionary. Which does not remain attached to the past but takes several steps towards the future. In short, a great politician as there should be more often at European level.

One can also wonder if this is not what Europe needs: a sage. A sage of Europe who would come, from time to time, to remind Europeans, far from the daily pettiness, of the interest and the beauty of "live together". A wise man who would have the ability to say to other Heads of State and Government: tttt... use a little common sense, come to an agreement. This is probably more of what we needs rather than yet another mechanic, a little diplomatic, a little skilful, who comes to chair a meeting of the European Council.

Honestly, had it not been for his age and his state of health, a European Council chaired by Vaclav Havel would have really looked better than any other.

listen to his speech(in quicktime)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).