The billion euro Babel
It is worth revisiting Genesis 11:1-9. The Strasbourg parliament building was modelled on Bruegel’s Tower of Babel, in the symbolic hope of ending the curse of linguistic limitation of man ceasing to understand man. Without mutual communication through a common language it is impossible to cooperate either commercially or socially, so it is interesting to examine the origin of both towers. Genesis records the motive as ‘making a name for themselves’, which is a motive not so far removed from the entire EU edifice. The confusion of languages is a divine antidote to human arrogance, and the Lord saw fit to halt their grandiose construction project. The Babylonians’ desire was to displace God, to exalt their own name, and to scheme without reference to his declared will. The EU is an increasingly secular institution, it aspires to global influence ‘to counterbalance the dominance of the US’, and has eliminated God and acknowledgement of him from its constitution. The Lord destroyed the Tower of Babel, and scattered the peoples over the face of the earth. Does such a fate await the European Union?