European Union: membership denied

As I read about the Eastern Partnership, the summit meeting in Prague last Thursday that attempted to lure six former Soviet republics towards the European Union and away from Russia’s influence, I got to thinking about this whole immigration/E.U. thing.

Politicians in every E.U. country seem to be bewildered by the influx in immigration, the rampant crossing of European country borders, the migration of people towards better jobs in wealthier European nations than their own. What did they expect? If you create a club for people, you can’t exclude those same people months later when they actually start wanting to get more involved than simply paying the joiner’s fee.

The European Union was created in 1993 with the notion that it would create a stronger bond between nations, become a world economic and political power, and allow freedom of movement between member countries. Now in its 16th year, it seems that the original creators of the group forgot to outline a few things.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy aboard Mistral warship...

French President Nicolas Sarkozy

Like work, for example. How do you allow people to cross borders freely but then put restrictions on employment? Do you pull a “Sarkozy” and try to send everyone home? Is this whole E.U. idea just globalization at its worst?

And the biggest question, where does it stop? E.U. member countries are having an increasingly tough time deciphering who is European and who isn’t. The Czech Republic? Yup, they’re mostly white and mostly Christian. How about Poland? Why of course – they’re also mostly white and mostly Christian. And Turkey? Oops, sorry. They’re not so white and not at all Christian. But they touch all the right country borders so technically…

I have a French friend who is diametrically opposed to the European Union. He wants his precious franc back and not to worry about yet another European immigrant taking a job from him. He is proudly nationalistic and protectionist.

But is that such a bad thing? Yes, the European Union has succeeded in becoming a world power, giving the U.S. and China a serious run for their money. And tourists everywhere are having a hay-day, no longer worrying about changing money at every border or dealing with exchange rates. But lately, it seems that there are some serious kinks in the plan. Not to mention the joiner’s fee, which is a small sum in comparison to the price people pay with their souls once they officially become members.

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One response to “European Union: membership denied

  1. Dear Kolet,

    Great fun discovering yr images & weblogs. We share the love for the Perigord. Many places you have made these beautifull pictures are also printed in our (old fashion) albums. We have our own place near Riberac. The trip you made with yr parents along La Dronne (Brantome > Bourdeilles > Riberac) did make you passing our home in the S.O.

    Did read your blog and did start with yr last entry: EU. …and there is something more to understand… The EU was not created in 1993. That year one of the small step in a long line of treaties was signed. (Was it Maastricht for starting the EURO? … easy to check on the web..)
    In fact the EU started already during the 2nd world war in London with the publications and efforts of mr. Monnet (and many other refugees in the UK) Already in 1946 the first treatees were made and the first small offices were opend in Luxembourg. The best is to look at the EU as a “castle” like Biron (..and over 1000 other in the Perigord..) Wing after wing was added, window after window, door after door…even nail after nail..its a very, very long process. And just like a castle it shows the marks of compromising and fingerprint of the year it was adapted. If you just take a piec out of this or a big chunk (Turkey f.i.) you disvalue the whole process, quite unique in modern, possible all, times.

    Much happiness in Perigueux!
    Chris, Lelystad / St Meard de Drone.

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