WORLD WAR I: SCHULZ (EU), A FRAGILE PEACE, LEARNING A LESSON FROM HISTOY

(Sir Europe – Brussels) – "28th July 1914 is the day on which an isolated crisis turns into a global conflict", when "the trenches have replaced the negotiating table, where the promises of few people cost millions of other people their lives". "The best way to honour those who fought and died" in World War I "is by remembering this lesson". Martin Schulz, president of the EU Parliament, commemorated the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the 1914-18 conflict, which started exactly one century ago, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, following the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June the previous year. "One hundred years after the beginning of the war, the facts and the battles" of that time "are part of our identity and of the shared memory of Europe", mentioning the "progress made together", the fragility of peace, the interdependence of European peoples and countries. The European Parliament commemorated "World War I" during the plenary meeting of 16th April in Strasbourg, the symbolic city of the French-German and European reconciliation; the European Council, with the 28 member states, did it, instead, on 27th June in Ypres, Belgium, the theatre of one of the main events in the conflict. Other celebratory initiatives have been planned for today in several places across the continent. 

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