Sunday, October 5, 2014

Explaining the Europe Union is a Hard Cookie to Crumble.

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Quo vadis Europe?

Who knows what’s next? The uncertainty and complexity of the present European political constellation results in diffuse, narrow minds. This means no direct offence against those who have the analytical capabilities to review the situation at a glance, but an indirect one..

It seems to be that explaining the Europe Union is a hard cookie to crumble. Policymakers, politicians, teachers and intellectuals have in common that they cannot simplify their explenations when it comes to the EU. This needs more specification. There are several dimensions about the EU. First it is a political, economical and legal construction. Second it is an union build on diverging principles, cultures, languages and histories. Thirdly, there is no overall acceptance, but neither an overall decline of the EU. Fourth, the EU has become a very complex power with a higly difficult institutional structure. Fifth, the EU has made a shift from an economic based union towards a social based union. Sixth, the paradox between the sovereignty of memberstates and an ever growing union. All these elements are on itself complex to explain, let alone to explain the effect of all elements combined with each other.

Fact is that all these problems/elements exist. How can the EU cope with it? What do they really mean? What about the future of the EU? The first two question are matters for the specialists. It will be hard for them, but I am convinced they can answer both. The third question in contrary is more difficult to answer. Unfortunately, not everyone is gifted like Nostradame. Predicting the future is a gambling game and we cannot risk losing the EU at the casino royale. 

Maybe predicting the EU is a wrong focus. It would be more sufficient to ask yourself what the EU can be in an ideal future situation. Will it for example be an hemisphere of economic prosperity or will it be a human and political rights proclaiming region? Pick your choose and the options are numberous. This is exactly what is confusing about the present EU status. It don’t know where it’s going, the final chapter of the book remains unwritten..

Those who don’t understand the present EU are included in a system that is deeply involved in the EU. People who admit they do not understand, are able to vote and reject EU-related issues. In The Netherlands, France and Ireland people were asked by their politicians to vote Yes for the European Constitution (NL, FR) and the Lisbon Treaty (IRL) and dinied it. These people, do they really know about Europe? I will bet the pro and con voters haven’t got a clue of what the EU is really like. Ironically, those who are expected to explain the working and the status of the Union are not doing it efficient enough..

The present and the future of the EU need different approaches. The first can be fully objectivised, the second only partially. Objectively analysing what Europe is and (more importantly) explaining how it’s constructed are important tasks for the intellegentsia of every memberstate. Future stands for hope. Therefore I would suggest them to try to objectivise a possible future without prejucide and emotions. I admit it will be hard to balance between prediction, possibility and fact but it is needed for clarification and structuring the broad range of opinions.

Dearest Link,
The ignorance of the past shows up when leaving your parents
The gratefulness of the past shows up when raising your children
The rejectal the future shows up when struggling in the present
The approval of the future shows up when hope is needed
The present is neither a rejectal nor a refusal of past and future,
but a reflextion of balance between both.
Yours sincerely,

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