If one surveys a magazine of opinion, such as ModernDiplomacy.eu, among others, it will not take long before one encounters a tirade or a rebuke against religion in general or Christianity and the Catholic Church in particular.

As one of the active participants in the Palermo system treaty making (from the early Polish draft in 1988 to the Signing Conference in December 2000), I am revisiting, rethinking and summing up the first 10-year period after the creation of these important international instruments on organized crime and corruption and take a closer look to the actual state of affairs in 2014.

The preamble to the treaty of Rome signed by the EU’s six founding countries famously says that they “were determined to lay the foundations of an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe”.

Europe is on geopolitical auto-pilot, playing sidekick to America, alienating its Muslim neighbours and subsidising its own citizens rather than its needier neighbours. And if it stays on that course, it will become geopolitically irrelevant. That’s why I would propose three bold and, paradoxically, easy initiatives that Europe can take to ensure its geopolitical relevance in 25 years’ time.

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