این چند خط را- که تکلیف هفته اول بود- برای استاد زبان نوشته ام. مشخصاً اگر فارسی بود خیلی کامل تر از این می شد، و البته همین انگلیسی اش هم، از سطح توان خودم پایین تر است. بالاخره تنبلی را که نمی شود کاری کرد!
Q: Will the European Union overcome the problems caused by different national identities in the future, paving the way for the creation of European Federation?
A: First, I think I should say that in my opinion, that’s not a problem! National identities exist all over the Europe, and I see no reason for that to become a problem. This opinion is based upon the establishment of several nation-states, not only in Europe but also in other regions of the world as well, which have different ethnic groups inside. Russia is a good example. They have Great Russians in the middle regions, Mongols and Chinese in the far east, Turcoman, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz and Uzbek minorities in the south, and Finnish, Polish, Balt and Turk groups in the west, but as far as we know, Russia is a strongly stable, and more important importantly, integrated country.
Let’s have a look to Europe itself. Because of football popularity, the most famous identity conflict across the Europe, at least for us Iranians, is the struggle between Spanish government and two states of Basque and Catalonia. Balkan, is well known for experts and almost everyone knows about Ireland Republican Army, and the jokes made by English and Scottish people about another.
Treaty of Westphalia was trying to establish the countries, by transforming ethnic groups to nations, but after more than 350 years, we can see that it was an unsuccessful idea. Almost every country in Europe has different identities inside, and EU is made of these multi-identity countries. There is no need to have identical identity to form a federation.
As the last thing, we know that federation is based upon common interests of forming founding states, not similar identities. That’s all!