How come so many Europeans be against the European Union?
The benefits are often intangible or they have been forgotten. The downsides are felt more directly or they are put under a magnifying glass. How many can recite the EU imposed consumer law, how many know about cross border police and research cooperation, the European patent office, laws regarding pollution, recycling, fishing and border crossing power grids.
My parents could tell about the inconvenience of going on holiday and having to carry four different currencies and spend hours waiting at multiple border control points. I can hardly imagine such a thing as I grew up with open internal borders, the euro and debit cards. The hassle they experienced is completely alien to me and one would only realize how the EU helped if one suddenly lacks what they have done.
That said I am not wholly uncritical.
The EU is pretty blatant about the fact that we're gonna end up with a superstate with semi-autonomous regions rather than a coalition of sovereign nation states.
The EU was originally an economic union but it has become much more than that.
While I think both of the above are inevitable in the long term I do not think the EU in its present form offers a sufficiently democratic platform nor have they succeeded into forming citizens of distinct nationalities in a group willing to look beyond nations. The truth is that the average Dutchman won't trust a Greek to handle communal finance or taxes after their economic meltdown and a Greek won't trust a Dutch or German guy to determine economic policy after their austerity measures. The EU will have to reform if its going to carry on its project.
Everyone shares a belief in European cooperation but many question the EU's ability to facilitate this properly and in a form acceptable to some 700 million people.
Roughly for the same reasons we would have hated the 3rd Reich and for the same reasons as the vassal of the USSR often hated the Soviet union.
The EU was not created as the EU, but rather as the EF, or the European trade federation. We entered willingly into this federation of sovereign nations on the premise that it would never become a political union, and that we would never have to worry about our sovereignty or borders, because Schengen would ensure the outer borders were protected and the Union would never be a political one.
Now the Union is a political one. Schengen completely dissolved during the "Refugee" crisis, (also known as that year hundreds of thousands of Africans from countries not at war flooded into Europe unhindered) and there are concrete aspirations for a Grand Army of the Union, as well as a single European Federal State, complete with government, taxes and all other apparatus.
But the main cause, beyond the fact that we were deceived, is that the EU boasts of being the enforcer and protector of justice and democracy in Europe, yet stands for neither. The Commission cannot be voted in or out of power by the people and if referendums go against their will they do whatever they can to overturn them.
No economic benefits or inner market is worth giving up your sovereignty and democracy
A highly "provocative" and intentionally inaccurate troll question !
Provocative – a presumptuous and definitive statement made to read as a question ! "hate" is a very evocative assertion with widely varying subjective interpretation. A number of Europeans are "sceptical" about the long term benefits of the EU, would be a more accurate account.
Inaccurate – A gross over generalisation, assuming that the majority of European citizens disapprove (hate) the EU ! That is definitely not the case. The EU in its current form, does not offer an adequately democratic platform and has largely failed (so far) into creating a common/shared "European" identity for citizens of very distinct nationalities. The overwhelming majority, share a conviction in European cooperation but many still doubt EU's ability to credibly and visibly facilitate this.
There is little doubt that the EU has reached a stage in its long journey to complete integration/unification, that is in urgent need of updating and reform in order to continue into the next phase. What most EU citizens consistently fail to appreciate, is that the world is changing fast and long gone are the days that countries like France, Germany, Spain, Italy or Sweden, no matter how important or "strong" they may consider themselves to be, they cannot possibly survive on their own against the onslaught from the US, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Brazil and other fast emerging economies. The only way forward is a united and strong European Union.
The EU has resulted in real, tangible and negative results for many Europeans, particularly in the South.
The most obvious result of the EU is the removal of border posts between countries. Within the Euro zone, there is also the elimination of currency exchange.
How often do people cross borders? How much of an issue is it to convert one currency into another? Obviously, these two changes are minor in most people's lives.
While people will point to European legislations about various aspects of life, it's not as if the countries in question didn't have rules before. In fact, they were usually more adapted to the local conditions, and subject to political pressure which is almost impossible at the EU level of unelected bureaucrats.
The fact is that the passage to the Euro raised prices across the board, and the free borders brought in many workers ready to undercut the local labor force.
The result is that there are many losers in this situation. In the UK, there were enough to get out of it altogether. It's very likely that if referenda were held, the EU would be dismantled. It is a project sustained by the elites and the educated class who are winning over the rest of the population.
There are 2 major reasons:
- in a multilevel governance system like the EU the head of states and ministers are acting in multiple arenas. These are at least (a) the European level and (b) the national level. VERY SIMPLIFIED: In the European level, when negotiating policies, the statements "I will never get confirmation of my electorate for this!" or "I need this to please my national electorate!" are part of the game. On the other hand, on the natioanl level politicians can always blame the EU for everything they failed on.
- The EU failed to establish a real European citizenship. Well, it actually exists, but nobody is tought to be a European citizen from young age on (like e.g. in the U.S.) - so , being European isn't established and appreciated in the people's minds.
Because its Uniting the New World Order. Its slowly all coming together. Thats a reason I escaped Europe and I personally don´t Obey or fear any of their laws and their Hegelian Dialectic. Its all mind control and fear mongering. I only fear the LORD JESUS CHRIST. My Lord and SAVIOUR! Stop putting your faith and trust in Men, politicians. Trust on the Lord Jesus Christ only and REPENT!