Posts Tagged ‘EU’

The Nature of the European Union

6. September 2016

Many have accused the European Union of attempting to create a Eurpean Superstate which would absorb all national identities of the European nations. I don’t think this is necessarily wrong but I believe that the EU’s main goal has effectively being to eliminate politics out of public and social European life. The EU tried to tinker with the economy not always behind closed doors but certainly always away from the public eye. I don’t think this is possible and I don’t know if it would be desirable if it could be done. Until the EU economic crisis and the migrant and refugee crisis the EU was generally successful in convincing the politically active population that the EU was right and sensible and always working in the interest of all European people and also in not elicing any interest in the politically inactive majority. The EU had manged to this through salami tactics, never bitintg off more than it could chew and by trying to micromanage the Economies of Europe through legislation about goods and services that the majority would not bother to look into. The ignorance about the EU that the EU hasn’t been fostering but has certainly done nothing about is now coming back to haunt over Europe.

The EU’s strenght is it’s ability to resist populism but it is also it’s greatest weakness. How is it a strenght? Well, this means they could carry out long term projects unhindered by the fickleness of public opinion. The EU is not responsive enough to what the majority of the European population wants to do because the EU and mainstream European politicians think  they know better than their populations, and this doesn’t mean that they always don’t know better  than their populations or that they  always do. The Shengen area and the single market currency are the greatest liabilities to the EU. The Shengen area should be officially temporarilly suspended in countries affected by the migrant and refugee crisis, many of these countries have already unofficially suspended the Shengen area but that’s not good enough, the people of these nations need to know that the EU is on their side too otherwise the national governments will easily be able to blame the entire crisis on the EU – to a certain extent their right that the EU wasn’t ready nor decisive in dealing with this crisis but that’s the EU’s nature the national governments should have done much more to bring the crisis under control- such as keeping a proper record of who comes in from where and properly screening everyone outside of the mainland – but that is not what this article is about. The single market currency is a hindrance to national sovereignity but I am not an economic expert so I won’t comment on the economic impliacations of getting rid of it at this stage but frankly let me just say that given the state of world economy I wouldn’t advocate something as reckless as getting rid of the Euro.

My next point has been discussed in more detail elsewhere but I think it is important to mention it at least briefly. The membership saturation point of the EU has been reached so “perhaps” it is better for the UK (a supranational organization more succesful than the EU because of its smaller member count) and the EU to part ways.  If the EU ever wants to expand anymore then it should wait until brighter economic times.