Europe – put it better, the European Union – was and still is one of the most successful stories in history on the European continent. It brought peace after centuries of slaugther and battle between the European nations. No one would seriously question this fact. You can argue whether the European Union is still solely an economic or already a political project. The spill over effect was supposed to happen from the first to the latter. Anyway, the core of the European Union is the internal market with its four freedoms.
If you do not support the EU becoming a political union you would just focus on those four freedoms and the economic benefits. If you are in favor of a political union you would use the economic integration to go further with deeper political integration. No matter what the common market is somehow the holy cow of the European integration process.
But now this even this holy cow is questioned. After years of financial crisis in the Eurozone and declining support of the EU by its very own citizens (due to lame European policy by the leaders gathered in the European Council) the governments start to deconstruct the common market and the four freedoms. To my wonder with the support of the European Parliament. The catch word is Schengen. Ministers just agreed on reestablishing border controls between the member states. No matter how difficult it is to start controlling your own border again, the political signal is devastating. Have you ever asked what European citizens connect positively to the EU? It was the currency and the free movement. The Euro is already in reverse and no they put the axe to the free movement.
The current governments destroy the core of the European idea. They are not able to find a sustainable way out of the financial crisis and the deconstruct the Schengen Agreement. In some years they will see how disastrous their politics have been for the European Union.
Either we get very soon real European leaders back in the national governments or the citizens will take over to safe their European Union, otherwise… Goodbye Europe – RIP
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