Tuesday, May 27, 2014

the EURO thing

There's something in the way that simply puzzles me;
For instance, this last sunday there has been elections for the european parliament, yet,
so few subjects have been discussed about europe.
As so many have wrote about it, these are mere local intermediate elections.
Lets see: there hasn't been public debate, the usual marketing flyers are composed by internal slogans, public appearances of the main candidates, are just fait divers ... its a mind game, which citizens don't approve at all. If you look at the results will notice that the winner with majority is : abstention.  With a mean participation of 43,09%  in the whole of the EU countries thats too low, facing the advance of some radical left and right wings movements. So what to do now? Do we want to take the (peace!!!)  destiny in our hands or maintain continuous distance between citizens and politics? Being european, means achieving consensus within a long term true strategic project, in order to keep the countries bonded..... so where's the glue that stick this together? has someone run out of glue????  The euro flag should mean something ..... otherwise is just some blue scarf....with random spreaded and alone (lost in the universe) stars or even "black dwarfs".....

1 comment:

Max Coutinho said...

Hey G,

The EU elections are always a joke. This year's turnout was the same as in 2009 (43%): that's how much connected to Europe people are. And why the lack of connection? Due to lack of information - people just do not know what the EU is all about, what it does for them, who is in charge and thus they believe that Germany runs the whole show by itself (when it doesn't).

The rise of the far right and left should make Euro politicians think and for once I agree with Hollande: the EU has grown too complex, too intrusive and it needs to cut back on its competences, to focus solely on Trade and the Single Market (which is what 56% of the EU citizens like the most about the Union anyway).
In sum, let's go back to the original spirit of the EU as per the Treaty of Rome.

Excellent article, G.