As years go by, January 24, 1859, like its corollary December 1, 1918, acquire an anticipative signification until the present stage, when they specifically become preliminaries of the ideal integrated today to the European Union. Yes, the union of the two Romanian principalities, Walachia and Moldavia, on January 24, 1859 increasingly becomes a day of European importance through the very fact that, at that moment, Romanians once again affirmed their heroic resistance to the bloody expansionistic actions of the three neighbouring empires: Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Czarist.
In no other European zone a people that endured such an artificial fragmentation, subject to the most terrible theft of territories and exploitation by the three colonial empires, succeeded to preserve and affirm its national identity, as Romanians did.
They succeeded it after much struggle correlated with a superior diplomatic action capable to make the three surrounding empires grind each other. Thus, the Romanian celebration of January 24, 1859 heralds, in international relations, the ascendancy of Law upon Force. We find here the germs of the first fundamental principle of today’s European Union.
This capacity of anticipation explains the fact that, in the Romanian conscience, the day of January 24, 1859 was conceived and – later – perceived more and more as a prelude to the Grand Union that would come on December 1, 1918. This date too has a sacred significance resulting from the very turmoil of the hopes to definitively reach the era of the ascendancy of Law upon Force. And, even if during 1866 – 1990, the National Day of Romania was decided under the pressure of the fugitive and illusionist moments, the exponential aura of Romanians’ most sacred ideal still shines forever around the dates of January 24 and December 1.Through their visionary character of European solidarity, these truly national days remained in the conscience of the average Romanian, from the very beginning, implicitly as ripostes to the arrogant, noisy, discriminatory, artificial hence ephemeral events. On these historic days, Romanians keep a moment of silence at the graves of heroes and seek the communion with the light of the sacred confessions about how much, how and against who they had to give their lives in order to preserve the national identity. It is precisely this admiration and gratitude that determines the average Romanian to look towards the future. With the conscience of what he must do as a member of the EU, so he can counter any eventual discrimination attempt. How? Firstly, by granting priority to the intellectual capital. This imperative is increasingly urgent today, when across the whole world the profit source of social actions move from the sphere of acquiring physical assets to that of the production of knowledge. In such conditions, it is clear that the development imbalances between the countries of the world will deepen or, on the contrary, will attenuate depending on the investment made in the own capacity of creation.Admiring the past, we are thus called upon, at each anniversary of January 24 and December 1, to be preoccupied mainly by the future, by its strategic objectives translated into substantial programmes of national development. In order to achieve this ideal we must rely – like our ancestors did – mainly on our force, capacity, will, and only secondarily on support from abroad. The slogan ‘on our own!’ of our historic liberalism returns to actuality. International collaboration is beneficial and necessary especially when it is achieved between nations with personality, dignity, and equal rights.From this perspective, Romania lost much of its competition capacity when it gave up its effort of scientific and industrial creation. The forced privatisation of the most important industrial and scientific research units led to their dismantling. An example is the former Heavy Machines Enterprise of Bucharest, a modern industrial unit that was privatised to a foreign company that took its state-of-the-art machines and transported them to its country of origin. Following many such cases, Romania was left in just years with over 3 million of jobless and a percentage of pensioners much superior to the number of employees.The national development of the creation capacity demands, like an imperative, the development and modernisation of the education system, simultaneously with broadening the sphere of socio-professional integration of graduates. From this perspective, widely supported in the entire EU, our political factors that advised the highly-educated youths to emigrate unconsciously committed a real crime. Romania thus lost many of its resources of modernisation and much of its competition capacity, especially as the scientific-professional training was and partly continues to be, even today, without taxes, thus implying massive expenses made by the state. These expenses are definitively lost today through the massive emigration of our young specialists.The pain of this dramatic reality was recently expressed, near the very day of January 24: a committee comprising the best Romanian young graduates of prestigious universities from Europe and America deplored this exodus of Romanian intelligence and presented a plan of measures that would allow all these specialists to return home and dedicate their creativeness to their country of origin, Romania. In this context, the simple mention of the motherland is a good omen offered by January 24, 2013. We hope that year 2018, the centennial of the Grand Union, will be even more generous in good omens.