We donât know who she is, yet Elena FerranteÂ has recently called on the audience for Brexit. The Guardian published on 4 June 2016 nine letters addressed to Britain and written by leading authors and thinkers from EU countries, such as Ferrante, one of Timeâs 100 Most Influential People of the Year, the Greek economistÂ Yanis Varoufakis and the French comics artist and directorÂ Riad Sattouf,Â where they strongly recommed Britons to vote âstayâ.
I donât have much sympathy for the current European Unionâ.Â This is the incipit of Ferranteâs letter to Britain. Her words are elegantly decorated and provisions are abundant [âŚ]Â Behind its facade, it safeguards the interests of those countries that are strongest, both economically and militarily.
âAnd yet, despite the rules and regulations, it has never stopped thinking that â when there is nothing further to be gained â it is best to throw off the union and make do with the old cocksure ways of the proud old nationsâ.
A few lines later Ferrante without any euphemisms explains why âit is necessary, in my opinion, to stay together at all costsâ.
We have to stay together to face migration, climate change, global terrorism and major financial crises. She urges for a âcommunity that instead of drawing up lists of objectives becomes actively political and puts an end to countless intolerable inequalitiesâ.
In her emotional letter she adds that we donât need roots now. We becameÂ splendid plants, but âbound to the ground, and nowadays everything is more mobile than ever, shifting quickly from one shape to the nextâ.
Time is running out and there are many problematic issues to face. âStaying together is no longer an option but an obligation and an urgent necessityâ.