Is the European Union Worth It Or Should We End It?

by birtanpublished on September 22, 2020

Do you think the European Union is worth it or should we end it many people feel a strong disconnect with the EU while others praised its achievements everything considered is its existence good or bad for Europeans since it looks like the UK is leaving the EU will

Mostly treat it as if it's no longer part of the club the European Union combining its 27 member countries has a population of about 450 million people making it the third most populous sort of country in the world it's the world's

Second largest economy by GDP and has the biggest single market in the world but originally the creation of the European Union was all about one thing peace Europeans are really good at war so they were embroiled in bloody

Conflicts for basically all their history a century long rivalry between Germany and France alone cost millions of lives and ran so deeply that Germans invented their own word for it f-fine shafts after the Second World War

Europeans decided they wanted lasting peace that was not based on a balance of military power instead the economy's politics and peoples of Europe should become so closely interconnected that war would become both impractical and

Unthinkable the plan works between EU members we've had over 70 years of peace okay peace is great and all but what are the European Union's achievements and problems today EU citizens benefit from many individual freedoms EU treaties and

Regulations ensure easy travel cheap telecommunications a great variety of goods and services as well as very strong health and safety standards European institutions are not afraid to pick a fight with companies such as

Microsoft Apple or Facebook about fair competition tax evasion or data protection through the EU science programs the European countries became a claw engine that serves as a hub of science

In the wider world unrestricted travel and the right to work anywhere makes it easy to apply for funds and set up international teams of experts with the best equipment in turn the EU became the world leader in terms

Of its global share of science researchers and produces more than 25% of the world's research output with only 5% of its population but many citizens feel distrust towards the EU Brussels seems far away and untransparent

Technocratic and difficult to understand it doesn't help that the EU is terrible at outreach and explaining what it actually does this disconnect has also led to an ever-shrinking voter turnout over the decades more transparency and

Accountability are desperately needed if the EU institutions want the trust of their citizens currently the EU is still shaken by the refugee crisis of 2015 some countries have accepted far greater numbers of asylum seekers than others

While the border countries are overwhelmed and feel left alone other countries are shocked by the initially unregulated mass immigration and closed their borders effectively shutting down the largest route into Europe the e use

Wealth and freedom make it an attractive destination and this is unlikely to change the population is split on how to react to that some argue that Europe let in too many immigrants with a different culture

Without strictly demanding integration while others argue that immigration is not the problem but that racism and discrimination of immigrants is preventing integration to strike a balance between helping refugees turning

Illegal immigrants away and successfully integrating the ones that stay remains one of the most difficult and controversial challenges of the Union immigration aside many more challenges lie in the future like Defence

Traditionally European countries have relied strongly on the protection of the US through NATO but in the current political climate Europe has to ask itself if it really wants to depend on the United States for

Its safety if combined today the militaries of EU members could form an effective defensive force and be the third largest military in the world that could save a lot of money safeguard a European borders and enhanced cultural

Understanding with soldiers from 27 different countries serving one common purpose what about money well it's complicated the EU created the largest single market in the world inside us you can trade border and

Customs free countries that entered it got a massive boost to their economies even between neighbors trade increased by up to 500 percent and there was a steady creation of new jobs research has suggested that joining the EU has left

Most new members with an average of a 12 percent higher GDP than if they had remained outside and for those regions with weaker economies and poor infrastructure EU institutions provide billions of euros every year helping

Economic investment infrastructure and social development on the negative side the EU tries to hold together countries with vastly different economies and laws regarding labour taxes and Social Security the cost of one hour of work in

An EU country ranges from 4 euros an hour to 40 euros an hour some countries have large industries and strong exports while others focus on services tourism or natural resources on top of this the euro is the common

Currency of some but not all of these countries as the Greek crisis shows this can be a recipe for disaster you cannot unify a vastly different economies under one currency but leave their economic policies separate so

Should all EU countries unite under the common currency or not should the weakest links be thrown out of the Euro or should countries be made to adopt common policies on taxes health care and Social Security it's a question that's

Been brewing for years and is nowhere near a solution so everything briefly considers is the European Union worth it here is our answer the EU is very flawed and still needs a lot of work but it's fair to say that

The European Union makes Europeans powerful in the world put together we lead in science on one of the strongest economic powers and could have one of the strongest militaries in the world but more importantly the EU gives us

Peace security and a sense of shared identity and something we all crave in these turbulent times stability if we want to protect the values we're so proud of a strong European Union is the best way to make sure our voices hurt in

The world alone as small States will hardly stand a chance in a world of shifting superpowers what do you think about the EU and its future in recent years the discussion about political topics has become super toxic with sad

Real-world consequences let's not do that if you don't agree with this video you're not our enemy you just have a different opinion and that's fine we're all in the same boat after all so let's have a fact-based discussion about our

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