60 Ideas for Europe

The EU, past its time.

The idea of a united Europe began in the early part of the 20th century, it was not initially conceived until the nineteen fifties. Sadly, this was an answer to problems that existed well over fifty years ago, the idea of a united Europe is old, out dated and way past its time.

The best option now is to scrap the whole concept and return to the authority of sovereign nation states freely trading with each other, the EU just creates bureaucracy, cost a fortune to run, it is inept, chaotic and unwieldy – it’s days are numbered.

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  1. If the idea of a United Europe is an old idea, the concept of the nation state is older still beginning in the 19th century and is based on ‘romantic’ notions of nationhood.

    Sovereignty lies with the people and not some abstract concept of nationhood.

  2. OK, so humour me: how would 27 sovereign nations negotiating and agreeing the policy areas covered by the EU involve less bureaucracy? If each one were “sovereign”, that would mean bilateral agreements all round, more than 700 times what exists today.
    With all due respect, if there is something way past its sell by date, it is the fatuous illusion of national sovereignty. Take Mike Crahart’s point one further – why not go back to feudal systems, do away with the robber barons supporting an elected monarch raising taxes to feather their privileged lifestyles?
    Governance, if it is have any traction as being the embodiment of popular will, must be demonstrated at the levels where it has an impact, and the trend, globally, is clearly in two directions: upwards, beyond the nation state, to tackle naturally transnational issues; and down to the most local, neighbourhood level, to tackle the issues where people experience them, in their own comuunity.

  3. Ainsi donc, le négationnisme ( ignorance de l’Histoire) concerne aussi l’intégration européenne.

    L’idée d’Europe est antérieure au XXe siècle.

    Sans doute, les problèmes qui l’ont suscitée ont-ils changé de nature…parce que le monde évolue, tout simplement!

    Mais les motivations – qui s’appuient sur des besoins -, n’ont pas varié.

    Comment rendre le continent européen plus sûr en 1957? Comment rendre le continent européen plus sûr en 2008 , où est la différence?

    J’en vois une, qui est de taille: nos états-nations, ces nains à l’échelle des mondialisations économico-financières et environnementales , sont incapables d’y faire face et donc…dépassés, qu’pon le veuille ou non!

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