Reading the entry
about my impression that EU is shaping up to combine the worst aspects of USA and USSR, I decided that now might be a good time to enter into a dialogue with the community and explain precisely what I find so wrong with EU and exactly how I propose we fix it. Simultaneously, I will comment on countries that I feel are contributing remarkable advancements towards a true democracy and who are providing a healthier alternative to reproducing the failed imperialistic American model in Europe.
Of course, as far as most citizens of EU member states are concerned
, this European utopia is already working rather well and even improving with age, the same way a good wine does. Nothing much to complain about, right? In truth, one cannot help but notice the discordant voices coming from France, Nederlands and other EU founders, and the rising dissatisfaction of new member states about the precarious nature of their status. The European dream is breaking apart and the Titanic's captain is pretending that there is no iceberg ahead.
My main gripes with the European Union are:
- The Schengen treaty discriminates against nationals of non-participating member states, turning them into 2nd class citizens.
- Having 25 different citizenship laws prevents the full integration of immigrants because it doesn't support their mobility.
- Dealing with multiple membership options resulting from too many treaties hampers harmonization inside the Union.
This piecemeal approach to unification confuses the international community and it frustrates EU's intention of being approached as a unified entity, because failure to achieve unification on the inside is perceived by the outside world as failure to effectively represent the whole of EU and to produce a valid citizenship representing such a unified political entity.
Those are the issues that I will address here, covering both the causes and the solutions.