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Clinging to the Eurozone, writes Andreou, "is the logic of locking yourself inside your cabin on the Titanic, because the lifeboats are small and the ocean frozen." (Photo: via Byline)

Where is My European Union?

As Greece prepares for a monumental decision, there is only one certainty: the European Ideal has been irrevocably damaged

Alex Andreou

 by Byline

I am a Europhile. Not only that, I am a product of the Union. I have structured my life around the idea of free movement; my identity around the notion that I can be more than one thing: Mykonian, Greek, Londoner, British, European. For the first time in my life, I am beginning to wonder, whether the European project is now simply too broken to be fixed. 

Do not misunderstand me. I am passionate about the notion of a Europe of partners, united around principles of solidarity and trade. I just think we have taken wrong turns. So many and so wrong that I feel very uncertain as to whether we can ever find our way back. 

I am not alone in feeling like this and it is not of consequence only with regard to Greece. I have had numerous messages in the last few days from pro-European friends here in Britain, telling me that the way the institutions have treated Greece, have convinced them to cross over to the "out" camp for the forthcoming UK referendum on European membership. 

Read the complete version of this article, and support quality analysis of the ongoing crisis in Greece, at the Byline.


© 2015 Alex Andreou

Alex Andreou

Alex Andreou is a UK-based actor and theatre director who has also written extensively on politics and economics, especially on the subject of his home country of Greece, for a number of outlets, including the Guardian, the New Statesman, BBC, and many other British and Greek publications. Follow him on Twitter: @sturdyAlex

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