Comment Neelie (Kroes)

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Comment Neelie
[...] That is again Europe’s challenge in 2014 - which brings me to the European election results, and to the tendency in public debate to pull back behind national borders. This tendency is about people hoping to rely on the powers and comforts of the national state. It makes millions of Europeans feel more comfortable, safe, and in control. The reasons are obvious. We recognise sources of power close to us, and we feel we can hold them accountable - in a way we do not feel about people we haven’t met or rarely see on our TV screens. It is a natural and direct response to the complexity of today’s global challenges.