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Bazaar "L'Europe"...!!!
by Christos Mouzeviris
2011-02-26 11:28:03
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I read many euro-sceptics shouting and demanding that Europe and EU does not proceed into a political union,and nation states do not lose their autonomy and "freedom"..To me that is interpreted as "no-Europarliament"..No governance on European level, rather just trade..An EFTA/EEA kind of thing..

Well if we ignore the fact that any parliament is the base for a functioning democracy, and they accuse of EU not being democratic enough (how odd is that? Accusing for lack of democracy but then you reject the best democratic tool is being given to you), do we realy want a Europe that is just a big market.? A big bazaar that companies and multinationals can sell their products and buy things? And we have NO say over what is happening in that market? A market that it affect us all directly, since we are this market, and rules and laws of a liberal "open" market apply to us all,either we like it or not! THAT is what is Europe at the moment,and see what problems we get.Problems that we have no way of controling,since our governments do not advise us of their decisions and how they are going to affect us..

Isn't it better to have a stronger Europarliament with more responsibilities, roles, controls, and we can vote for our representatives and participate into the decisions taken in there.?And first of all see what is being discussed in it (see blog of a common pan-european media channel).Rather being kept in the dark and vote for national politicians who are most likely to blame their failings to EU, but if you think about it, our governments,(the Council), and the Commission are the ones who hold the control of EU at the moment, while the Europarliament is weaker than it should.So our governments fail us twice,once in national and once in European level.The Council (our governments)should have less power n Europe, but then you see they do not want that.They will lose control over us,and who would like that? Besides Europeans are not yet ready to accept that they belong in federal-like entity. EU is NOT a nation or a country, and in my opinion it won't be for centuries to come,and why should it? A bit complicated isn't it?

To conclude, for me if EU/Europe is to stay a big market, I think I will oppose it. I want to have a say in Europe, as much I want to have a say in my national affairs( well that in theory because in practice the people have no say at all). But if EU is to continue it's existence, and either we like it or not it will, then I do not want my country to be just a supermarket stall in this huge market. I do not want my nation to be something that some creditors will advise investors of how much they  can make or lose  money out of it, which are the best countries to invest in and so on. I do not want my country to be treated as shares in the stock market, as it is at the moment. Who gave the right to anyone to treat countries like that? I want prosperity and stability for all the nations of Europe,from Iceland to Ukraine, from Cyprus to Portugal and from Malta to Norway. Is that Utopia in Europe of 2010?

I do NOT think EU is democratic at the moment. I do NOT think that people have a real say in it, as our MEPs are just the politicians (well in their majority,but exceptions are plenty) that our Governments want to sent away, I do NOT support one bit that EU should stay as it is at the moment and that it is perfect. The point I am trying to make is that if EU continues to exist, I do not want to be just about making profit, an open market, with no consideration of it's people. If we want to make EU democratic, we will HAVE  to support a stronger Euro-parliament. The free marketers do not want that. And we have to oppose them. They do not want the people to view EU as their own. We have to prove them wrong!


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Emanuel Paparella2011-02-26 18:16:09
How about bracketing off political-economic considerations for a while and focus on the cultural identity of Europe, which is to say, attempting to answer the question: What does it mean to be a European?

Christos Mouzeviris2011-04-04 13:42:19
To me European is any person with European values and culture..And not necessarily the western one..Europe is not only the northwestern part of the continent.

Eastern Europe, South Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucasus are also "European"..A European is someone who will have respect and demand equality for women, homosexuals and other ethnic minorities of Europe, he/she must be secularist, a progressive person, a humanist, but not necessarily a "western" capitalist and consumerist, as they try to make us be...European is to be German, Swedish, and British, but also Hungarian, Greek, Polish and Maltese...

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