Six decades of peace is priceless! Born in the late 1950s I have been so very lucky to have lived through 60 years of peace in Europe. The one area to experience conflict, the former Yugoslavia, is now as stable as it has ever been thanks to the principles of the EU to which all nations in that region now aspire. It’s really quite a remarkable thing. The cost of the EU project is nothing compared to that which would be paid in human suffering and the financial ruin of war which was ever present in all centuries past . Think of what the continent was experiencing just 100 years ago and then again just 25 years later. That the 21st Century might be one of such prolonged peace is something to be treasured by us on behalf of the generations to come who will prosper from it.