But after getting back from the European Leadership Forum, I was asked to write a review of the whole thing – and lo, and behold, i find that it makes front-page news in EN. They also decided to put my ugly mug on the front (not thinking that sales would be drastically affected by this). But here it is in all its glory. A few things were cut inevitably, and the headline wasn’t mine but hey, that’s the nature of journalism.
Here is the concluding paragraph for those who can’t be bothered to read the whole thing (as if…):
It is almost 20 years since the Berlin Wall fell. The Eastern bloc looks to Brussels more than Moscow now, and the influence of American popular culture appears unabated. Couple that with profound scepticism about authority and truth, we Western Europeans find ourselves sharing, with our Eastern cousins, the challenges of a pan-European postmodern culture (despite, or even because of, our wide diversity). We will increasingly need one another. The ELF is, therefore, a hugely strategic meeting place.