My name is Hector Cantero del Olmo, I am 20 years old and I am in my third year of the Telecommunication Engineering degree at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Below I have displayed a video in which the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, gives a speech at the Munich Security Conference in 2011. I urge you not to dwell on the quality of the images but on the Prime Minister’s words and ideas.
Despite the age of the video, I would like to highlight two aspects:
Firstly, the relevance of his speech today. By 2011 there were already concerns produced by the threat of terrorism and by certain aspects in relation to the security of the countries in the European Union. Cameron did not only address the problems of that time, but he also focused on depicting the problems that would affect Europe in a near future; a now, present. Without a doubt, it must be acknowledged that he was spot on.
Finally, a small paradox… Germany is the economic driving force which has driven Europe and the Union significantly throughout the economic crisis over the past years. However, it is needless to say that Europe’s engine is tired of following the unjust rules which were favoured only by a few yet imposed on every one of the countries.
It can be agreed that Europe’s engine is tired, old, faulty, and convalescent of an effort which has caused it to suffer. Germany’s rhythm of growth is no longer even a shadow of what it was.
In the presence of these circumstances, is Germany still capable of leading Europe?
In my unpretentious opinion, the paradox lies in the fact that, precisely those who contemplate leaving Europe are those who are best prepared to lead it.