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How powerful is the EU really?

We always call the EU a stronghold or a fortress of power. And then we say like: “Well we can’t do anything against this masterpiece of almighty might up there in Brussels, so let’s just keep our heads down and dance to their – mostly really very false – tunes. We have signed contracts with them, haven’t we? We can’t make those undone”. In my opinion there is not a lot in the world that is less true than this spineless, miserable point of view. No-one ever needs to bow their head and do what any stronghold of power wants. Moreover the UK has found its way out of the whole club, so any country can do that too. If they want.

Last Thursday I promised on Twitter not to write for a week, so people can see I really do hard work for the world. Being inactive for only a week is not enough however to prove anything. And there is an article that needs to be written about the EU. First of course a little bit news about your little diva here Natassa (me), who again lost about a pound libra or half a kilo if you prefer. I am now floating somewhere around 84 kilos, which is still far too much but a lot lighter dan 91 and-a-half, where I was stuck for years. I once made a promise to mention it whenever I lose weight, so here it is. I’m wearing my old jeans again, which I couldn’t get on no way for years and even my t-shirt doesn’t squeeze me to pieces. Even better: I worked in the garden for 2 hours today without fainting and I’m not even tired. This is since a couple of days, so it looks like real progress.

 

What is Brussel’s power actually made of?

Without mentioning the power clan behind the scenes, you can already lay bare a lot of causes why Brussels is so powerful. They’ve got contracts there, like that Treaty of Lisbon from 2007. And Schengen and Marrakesh. Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice, Merger Treaty of Brussels, Treaties of Rome. The whole of Europe voted against most of those treaties and especially Lisbon, but they still came into working and no-one complained afterwards. We all kept our heads down and swallowed the new constitution that made Europe a federation like the US, Germany or the Russian Federation. We thought the Brusselian commissioners had the power to do such things above our heads, but in reality they only had the guts to try it out. It was all between the ears, a psychological war between the extremely well-paid and horrendously enthusiastic EU commissioners and the plebs in 28 countries at that moment.

Whatever any country tried in order to regain some freedom, Brussels waved some contract or treaty – or whatever signed piece of paper – saying: “No, you must abide the law and respect our treaties”. No country dared to go against that power show for years, until Victor Orbán was elected in Hungary and put an end to the all too much regulating enthusiasm in the EU top. “No to more immigrants”, he said, “No to forced Covid measures and vaccins, no to stopping the gas from Russia to our own destruction”. If Hungary can fight for more freedom, any country can. And if we do it together, no EU top, no World Economic Forum and no President Biden or House Speaker Pelosi can stop us. The UK even left the whole EU and do you know why? Really, some people there voted for Brexit, because they wanted to eat their fish ‘n’ chips from a newspaper as used to be their tradition before. Culture, see?

We are free people. We signed some documents and contract stuff with the administration in Brussels years ago, because our governments thought they couldn’t refuse. They were the ones who didn’t feel free, while everyone knew 20 and even 30 years ago already that the European Community was becoming too demanding and that there was a decreasing place for democracy there. They knew e.g. the agricultural sector was better off with less regulation from Brussels, but no-one dared say so. This was the first problem that occurred and it was immediately clear that the pompous European Commissioners weren’t able to effectively solve any problems. They were too slow, not smart enough and too bureaucratic for that. Problem was that no-one knew how to make them lighter and more agile.

Even worse: instead of trying to reorganise Brussels, everyone turned their back to the problem and let it grow and grow. Now it has become a monster that can only be fought with enormous decisiveness from all countries together. If not, the only way to protest is by performing a Nexit, Grexit, Spexit, Hexit, Bexit or whatever other exit for your own country. We have all seen how greatly smooth and easy that went for the United Kingdom, so that is what awaits any other member state with escaping tendencies. Years of almost civil war in your country between people who are afraid to leave the EU and others who think it’s the only solution. Mountain-high costs for efforts to escape the EU with a nice contract to still do at least some trade and some exchanges of migrants and so on. More costs to reintroduce the old coin and have people get used to using it again and costs to write and vote for new, more free laws about almost anything you can imagine. Leaving the EU is possible, but not an easy or fast solution. This is what Brussel’s power is made of: tight contracts and treaties.

 

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What makes unity so mighty?

If many regulations are the same in a large collection of countries, the population knows it’s easy to move or make a trip to another country. All the inhabitants moreover know the laws and how it more or less works within the EU and that gives a certain flow or ease. We all have the same coin, the same policies on agriculture, on foreign affairs, on security, environment, health and a lot more. That makes life easier, but not forcedly better. We have all seen the enormous mess Europe became during the outbreak of the Covid virus: freedom of speech was – and is still – blocked, the economy is ruined, many people became sick or even died from the vaccines which may not be said and now we’re in the next crisis, which brings us food and gas shortages. All the money has been spent in Europe and prices are rising. How are we going to face this crisis without any wise politicians in Brussels?

Unity brings flow and ease, but it can also strangle. Everything depends on the central government. In countries like Germany, Russia, Australia or the United States that government is at least chosen by the population, but in Brussels most public officials are appointed and we don’t even know most of them. Representatives of countries are chosen, but once they set foot in Brussels, they see the huge wall made of bureaucracy and inhibiting impossibilities around them. There are still some who try to break through those walls, but not enough to make a difference. That means we the people have to protest in order to tear down the Brussel’s walls. Yes changes are possible. Yes we can build up Europe instead of tearing it down and steering it into a needless and miserable crisis, as we are doing now. We can actually pick up that steer there and turn it 180° around to a wiser direction.

 

Democracy is the best!

Tell me if you know what is better than the ever in Greece invented system of Democracy (with a capital letter for this one time)! Yes, democracy can be slow and bureaucratic, but the alternatives are oligarchy or dictatorship. And really, you don’t want that. Listening to each other’s ideas and then voting for the best one is the most civilised thing a person can do! Why throw that away for a bossy flow? Because the world has become one big village and if you’re a small country, you don’t count? Ah folks, that is so 2015 to think that. If you focus on your own country, your own people, your own economy and politics, you will see you aren’t small. Size doesn’t depend on how many square miles your place counts but on how well you govern it and how much you love seeing it thrive.

You can always cooperate with other countries and make trade or migrant’s contracts with them. You don’t need a powerhouse like the EU for such simple things. The EU just signed those catastrophic CETA trade contracts, while nobody wants those. How democratic is that? Any large company that works in a foreign country, can now attack the government of that country in court and gets billions of dollars or euros for claims for fake damage and such. We all should have protested harder, but the problem is: how hard can you protest if they are doing so many things wrong and against our will? Both the Covid strategy, the idiot climate policies that have already killed our economies, the stupid and unnecessary war against Russia and also these trade contracts are large problems. Who can fight those all together if our politicians don’t do their job and don’t care for neither our own country nor Europe as a whole?

 

The answer?

The answer is: write, speak and demonstrate against the whole EU. It should either be dissolved or else (preferably if you ask me) totally reorganised in a real democratic way. It should not demand that we do what they decide on their own up there in Brussels and sometimes even in Straatsburg, but it should discuss with the European population. We are about 350,000 people, just like in the United States (328,000) where they have a fine democratic system. The population votes even for district attorneys and mayors in elections held every two years. Not everything that comes from America is good to take over, but their state is really well organised and could be an example for the future of the EU, with the difference that the EU should never form a super state anymore.

 

 

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Natassa Vassiliou, MA

Anastasía (Natassa) Vassiliou looks with her unique fresh insight at trends in society and politics. She studied Greek & French Literature, with law ethics & specialised in media psychology. 25 years in education & business trainings followed. 13 years in traditional medicine and coaching & 2 years in the media. Natassa loves kids, coffee & bougatsa. Also cherries, apes, boeren & experts. No to Jeugdzorg, pox, dipshits & digital ID's. Proud Greek and Mom of 2 Awesome Big Boys, she is sadly handicapped.

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