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The Future of Europe: EU foreign ministers mock European citizens

A group of 10 EU foreign ministers  is meeting to discuss the Future of Europe, proposing some lukewarm reforms of the EU system to save it. But more than that: When you read the interim report of the group, you can see that the reforms proposed are not just lukewarm, the foreign ministers seem to mock EU citizens.

In the first paragraph, it is written:

“What is more, the existing “narrative” of the European Union as an instrument for banishing war in Europe is no longer sufficient for today’s “Erasmus generation”. The fruits of integration, for example freedom of movement in the Schengen area, are advantages all too often taken for granted.”

Maybe our foreign ministers want to tell us that we, the ERASMUS generation – I did my ERASMUS in Tartu – take Schengen for granted. But maybe they first make their homework and stop attacking Schengen in such a way that all but the Eurosceptic groups in the European Parliament get so angry that they are ready to boycott the Danish Presidency.

Stop mocking us – you are attacking our with your nationalistic, border-loving policies, and you are destroying our freedoms with your policies while clapping your backs with self-congratulatory words!

Picture by greecefma (flickr) BY-SA | Main source of the post via @kosmopolit

5 Responses to The Future of Europe: EU foreign ministers mock European citizens

  1. avatar Martin Holterman says:

    I did my Erasmus in Dublin, and I’d argue that if people didn’t take Schengen for granted, there wouldn’t be any political gain in attacking it.

  2. avatar Ronny Patz says:

    My argument is that it is not the ERASMUS generation(s) that is (are) to blame for that, it is the non-ERASMUS generation that is afraid of the other. ERASMUS generation are probably the first to notice when member states want to take away the rights we have been actively using.

  3. avatar Ralf Grahn says:

    The reforms are quite “old school” if we realise that only sufficient powers and full democratic rights can bring about a credible Europe in economic and political world affairs.

    It also looks as if FM Westerwelle has seen fit to circulate the interim report only to selected media, disregarding the principles of transparency and equal treatment for EU citizens.

    The former colonies became the USA in 1787 and France introduced the basic rights of citizens in 1789. Is it too much to ask the leaders in Europe to catch up now?

  4. avatar Martin Holterman says:

    @Ronny: Agreed.

    @Ralf Grahn: Which specific basic rights were you thinking of? Because the US Bill of Rights and the Declaration of 1789 did not contain any right to transparency that I am aware of. (As far as equality goes, that was introduced in the US after the Civil War, although it appears in the Declaration of 1789 in its first article, more or less.)

  5. avatar Ralf Grahn says:

    @Martin Holterman

    1787 represents the innovation of a federal and democratic system, 1789 the principles of citizenship, democracy and fundamental freedoms.

    I referred to (the lack of) transparency and the less than equal treatment of EU citizens more in passing.

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