The national idea should not be confused with nationalism and chauvinism

>>> The arguments of the President of the Romanian Academy, Ioan-Aurel Pop

In the minds of today's young people there is a scared and feeble national idea, because some confuse the national idea with nationalism and chauvinism. The national idea could help us, if it is right, to build Europe, said President of the Romanian Academy, Ioan-Aurel Pop, in a speech held in Cluj-Napoca to several hundred students.
The Academician, who is also the rector of the Babeş-Bolyai University, spoke to the young people who attended the Auditorium Maximum about the Great Union in 1918 (the year of the establishment of Great Romania) and then he answered questions from the public.
"I think that in the minds of today's young people there is a frightened and placid national idea, because some confuse the national idea with nationalism and confuse nationalism with chauvinism and confuse nationalism with xenophobia. That is a huge mistake. All the peoples have the right to live under the sun. That they can not live perfectly and that there are problems between neighbors, and that has always been another story. But the national idea could help us, if it is fair, clean and beautiful, to build Europe, "said Ioan-Aurel Pop .
Asked if Romanians today have a national ideal, the president of the Romanian Academy replied that he personally does not see another alternative.
"Show me that the international ideal of globalization is working. Show me that the British have changed their minds and give up Brexit, tell me that the Nationalist Party of the Netherlands who did not want to vote for the European Constitution was abolished , show me that Le Pen's party in France no longer exists, that Poland and Hungary have changed their minds and that they are no longer promoting certain types of laws that remove them from the EU. And if you prove to me that the European Union is a palpable reality which we can see in our lives, then I could understand those young people who replace the national ideal with the international ideal, not to say internationalist, "Ioan-Aurel Pop said.
The president of the Romanian Academy considers that the national states, as limited as they are, with the variable democracies, are a good and functional solution, and the immediate and direct prospect of replacing them with a federation in which everyone feels equal is quite unclear.
He said that those who claim that nations should be dismantled because their wars and wars in their names make a logical mistake.
He specified that nations, understood as a coagulation of group energies, if they respect one another's freedoms and rights, are not a hindrance to building Europe.

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