Bismarck’s homily about politics being the art of the possible popped up in a presentation last week at roughly the same time that John Kerry praised Germany’s ‘exemplary leadership’ in Europe. Contrast this with the general despair at the lack of political leadership amongst European colleagues.
To be sure we had Jimmy Deenihan, Ireland’s Minister for things cultural making a commitment to the Creative Europe programme at a Bozars event to mark the Irish presidency of the EU. But the feeling was more of a European Union that has been rendered more impotent to articulate the possible and to do something about it.
The optimism around integrated cultural and creative industries investment stimulating jobs and opportunities risks being overtaken by a ‘less of the same’ fatalism. More than ever we need to show how both the creative economy and cultural co-operation can set the pace for economic recovery and political harmony.
Image: Orla Barry’s ‘Mountain’ at Bozars