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Season 2006 Episode 1025

Europe, America, and the Continental Drift

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Europe, America, and the Continental Drift
Senator Marcello Pera examines remedies for addressing the cultural challenges confronting Europe.Why does Europe appear to be in a sort of a political continental drift with respect to America? Perhaps because Europe is challenged by a triple crisis: economic, political, and cultural. Economically, Europe is becoming less competitive on the world scene due to its state-centered ideology. Politically, the European Union represents an inextricable web of bureaucracy that not only confounds the average European citizen but lawmakers as well. And, culturally, Europe is affected by relativism and secularism, which separate its society and culture from its historic roots as it becomes increasingly de-Christianized.In short, Europe is in the midst of a moral and spiritual identity crisis. Europe today does not appreciate America, especially American foreign policy, because it no longer understands it. From the European standpoint, American idealism and an appeal to religious convictions is a fundamentalism as wrong and as dangerous as any other. Although Europe and America share the same history, the current European continental drift is more risky for Europe than for America - The Heritage Foundationmoreless

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