Mediocre politicians blame other countries and, above all, the EU for all their problems. They get away with it, as the EU is not likely to respond or call their lies in their national parliaments. Blame the EU long enough and it ends up by rubbing off on the populace, which knows little or nothing (because it doesn’t have the curiosity) about the sharing of responsibilities between national governments, the EU or the UN, for that matter. In some countries you can find a vibrant independent press, ready to call the politicians’ lies – which is certainly no longer the case in the UK, where all the press, from left to right is busy EU-bashing, preferably based on faulty information.
Like all other institutions, whether it’s our national governments or the EU, they are only as good as we make them. If we keep sending failed politicians to the EU Commission, lazy parliamentarians to the EU Parliament, what can we expect?
The euro, as well, is only as good or as bad as we make it. True that it’s half baked – governments shied away from the difficult decisions, leaving it in limbo and waiting for the crisis to make things worse. I always wonder: why do we blame some nebulous entity for increasing the cost of living because of the euro, when we see businesses taking advantage of the euro to raise prices, without any real justification or reflection on the general costs in a country – I witnessed it in Greece, with prices doubling from one year to the next.
The fact that we’ve had peace in Europe since 1945 is something to appreciate and be thankful for – never mind all the populist crap that flies around at the moment. Ukraine is a good example of what happens when you don’t have a democracy strong enough and an alliance ready to step in to help.
At the next European elections we will see, from the percentage of votes the extreme-right wing populist parties get, how much this misguided policy is going to cost us all.