MY NAME ON THE SQUARE OF THE EUROPEAN PROMISE

How 14.726 promises to Europe created a new public square

The world’s first power-generating Tidal Lagoon is to be built in Swansea Bay, UK, to harness the bay’s powerful Atlantic Ocean tides. The lagoon will cover over 11 square kilometers of sea off the coastline of South Wales. As the tide flows into and out of the lagoon, it will power turbines generating enough power for a whole city — over 155,000 homes. That’s equivalent to 90% of Swansea Bay’s annual domestic electricity use. And that’s just one power station. This will be the first project of its kind in the world. (http://www.politico.eu)

Why promise?

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Ein europäisches Versprechen – Foto: Sabitha Saul

 

Public promises are often promises we do not believe: for example promises by politicians, promises by advertising, or promises by ideological parties often misleading people who are easy to convince. In public we seem to need more binding social procedures to build confidence in future arrangements, such as the vow or the contract.
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