The 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and the 30th Anniversary of the Erasmus Programme are being celebrated this year.
The European Commission has published The European Story and Scéal na hEorpa which capture events and issues for the period since 1957. The authors comment "the European story is one of peace, democracy, solidarity and freedom, but also of prosperity, equality, well-being and sustainability. At this critical juncture in history, it is worthwhile remembering the principles that unite us as Europeans, and the shared successes we have enjoyed together.
Certainly, there have been setbacks, and future challenges can sometimes appear overwhelming. This is why a period of dialogue, reflection and deliberation is needed. Taking stock of Europe’s performance over time can perhaps be a useful start."