Europe needs to adapt and act swiftly and firmly

The legacy of 1989 is freedom, unity, and sovereignty.

President Zuzana Caputova met French President Emmanuel Macron during her official visit to France on July 24. President Zuzana Caputova met French President Emmanuel Macron during her official visit to France on July 24. (Source: TASR)

Christophe Léonzi is the French Ambassador to Slovakia

It is encouraging to see the vibrant commemorations celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Bratislava, for which civil society, citizen movements and Slovak authorities joined forces.

The engagement of Slovaks in the Velvet Revolution was fundamental to this historic moment, the living memory of which should be passed on to future generations. Young Slovak citizens should proudly embrace everything that our united Europe owes the citizens of Central Europe who waged the revolution.

At a time when dark forces are looming once more, Europe needs to rekindle the spirit of 1989, one of enlightenment, and take inspiration from this revolution in furthering European integration.

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