There was a time when Europe was the place where milk production aid, agricultural aid, tariff matters and some trade agreements were discussed. Brussels could bore even the most pro-European. Those times changed. The current European Parliament has experienced the transformation of Europe from within.

During the last five years, since the current legislature was inaugurated in July 2014, the European Parliament has seen a relatively stable Europe enter the depths of the crisis. Soon after it stopped being one, and became many. The European project was surrounded on all sides. When I left one I entered the next.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, he called it "policrisis". Five years that have completely changed Europe and that the MEPs who have sat during this time in the Chamber have lived from within. Brussels has become the political center of all crises. It has gone from a bureaucratic capital to a political capital. The bad news for the EU is that it means that it is going through difficulties. The good news is that, at least, these complications are shaping the political Brussels that the European project is supposed to have, a capital and a place that everyone looks at when they look for answers.

Seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (Reuters)
Seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (Reuters)

Greek crisis

As soon as the legislature began the victory of Syriza in Greece came, the arrival of Alexis Tsipras to the Government in Athens, and with him a Minister of Finance on a motorcycle: Yannis Varoufakis. The crisis almost ends with the country outside the Eurozone and the euro zone destroyed.

The European Parliament, whose power has been growing over the years, he assisted impotently in destructive negotiations, in which the EU made numerous mistakes, in which the Eurogroup ended up expelling the Greek minister of the room and in which the European decision processes were in question.

Recently, with some institutional wounds of the Greek crisis already closed, Juncker intoned the mea culpa before the MEPs in Strasbourg: "We have been insufficiently supportive of Greece, we have insulted Greece"

Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister (Reuters)
Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister (Reuters)

Refugee crisis

With Athens back anchored in the euro zone, the next problem came to its shores: the refugee crisis of 2015. In this case it was not the Eurozone that was about to jump through the air, it was the Schengen area noticed how their seams creaked.

Almost Two million people illegally arrived in Europe in 2015 and the European Parliament, like the rest of the European institutions, experienced an intense internal debate during those days that have changed definitively as the EU is related to its neighbors and its approach to humanitarian crises.

Emma Pons Valls Athens (EFE)

Refugees in Greece no longer fill the front pages, but three years after the agreement between the EU and Turkey, they continue to arrive daily and thousands of them remain trapped in the country.