This book, written and edited by José Daniel, former member of the General Management at the headquarters of Nestlé SA at Vevey, Switzerland (1975 – 1998), and prefaced by José Maria Gil Robles, former president of the European Parliament, is above all addressed to young people older than 17/18 years: youngsters who have not – directly or indirectly – experienced the repercussions of World War II; people who, in general, received only insufficient or sometimes biased information on the objective reasons forming the base for creating the European Union.
This lack of information on what happened in the 1950s (creation of the European Coal and Steel Community – ECSC – and the European Common Market – ECM -), may incite young people to consider peace as something normal; the same applies to free traffic among the countries of the European Union, the possibility of living and working in the country one wants to, the recognition of University titles with no need of confirmation, ERASMUS, the single currency, et cetera. This kind of trivialization of what has been achieved, may make them vulnerable to the arguments of the eurosceptics and, even worse, of those of the two extremes of the political bow who strongly advocate the breaking up of the EU which could put at risk, once again, among other progresses, the maintenance of peace among the EU member countries. This peace has been solidly consolidated over the last 65 years. Such an achievement is all the more outstanding because it is over 600 years ago that such a long period of peace prevailed amongst the European countries.
Furthermore, the book “The European Union and the New Generations” contains concrete proposals on how to justify the efforts still needed, not only to preserve what has been achieved but also to pursue the European construction. Among the most important approaches one should mention the need to offer the new generations of all EU member states compulsory lessons – objective and quite comprehensive – regarding the reasons which, after World War II, encouraged the creation of the EU and fixing of its objectives. This book, offered in four languages, contributes to achieving this target and summarizes everything we should know and not forget.