An open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel from a concerned European

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The decision of the people of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the EU referendum of 23 June 2016 came as a surprise to many in the UK and the world.

The European common market vs the EU political establishment

As you know a rejection of the EU political structures and establishment is by no means a rejection of the European common market. They are not the same and political leaders must not make them the same lest things get much worse in Europe.

Albert Camus

A democratic deficit?

Over the next 12 months we are likely to see the EU come under increased and intense pressure to reform or face the risk of a more catastrophic failure. We have a referendum in Italy and elections in the Netherlands, Germany and France that are likely to severely test the people’s love of the current EU establishment and structures. It is unlikely that a bureaucratic, remote and overly complicated EU establishment will do well in the current political climate, especially with Commissioners like Jean-Claude Juncker representing the EU (which David Cameron did warn the EU about).

Epilogue, The Age of Anxiety
(Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost)
“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden” (Goethe)



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Peter Howitt

Peter Howitt


father, husband, ecommerce lawyer, part-time poet — rushing through the vast astonishment