Jean Monnet My contribution to this book will be political, not academic. This is no snub to those scholars of world affairs whose work I use as often as I can in carrying out my political responsibilities. Indeed, I wish my attitude were more common among my fellow office-holders. One of the tragedies of our time is the lack of communication between experts and decision-makers. So my choice of approach is, rather, an act of humility. I have been involved in politics ever since becoming a young adult, but I have never been an academic. Politics is the only terrain on which I can step with some confidence in the hope of being useful to my fellow citizens at home and around the planet.