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

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 praise its achievements. Everything considered: Is its existence good or bad for Europeans? Since it looks like the UK is leaving the EU, we’ll 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 involved 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: Erbfeindschaft. After the second World War, Europeans decided they wanted lasting peace that was not based on a balance of military power. Instead, the economies, politics, and peoples of Europe, should become so closely interconnected, that war would become both impractical and unthinkable. The plan worked! 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 collaborative 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 twenty-five percent of the world’s research output, with only five percent of its population. But many citizens feel distrust toward 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 EU’s 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 defense. 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 European borders, and enhance 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 it, 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 five hundred 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 twelve 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 labor, taxes and social security. The cost of one hour of work in an EU country ranges from four euros an hour to forty 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 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 considered: 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, are 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 voice is heard in the world. Alone as small states, we’ll hardly stand a chance in a world of shifting superpowers. What do you think about the EU in 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 future.

24 thoughts on “Is the European Union Worth It Or Should We End It?

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  2. The only EU countries that will remain are the ones the Muslims will take over

  3. Spending money on Military makes me think we have a classified imminent alien attack. It's so stupid… nobody could benefit from war from this time on.

  4. Give up our culture independence and self expressions for, security and prosperity to unelected bureaucrat's sure what could go wrong…., bens Franklin famous quote comes to mind ,those who are willing to give up freedom for security deserve neather.

  5. Many mistakes at the end, like a shared identity isnt needed as nations already have their OWN shared identity called citizenship — so UNLIKE

  6. Can't remember who said it, but I have found the quote:
    "The EU is made up of small nations and nations that don't realize that they are small yet".

    A country of 10-60 million doesn't have the influence (as in possible market) needed on the world stage to promote it's values and protect it's citizens from countries and corporations alike.

  7. Didn’t really go into the economic imbalances enough I think true their economies grew faster than they would have otherwise but a lot of that may be due to the large influx of credit that countries like Greece received by being on the Euro

    Otherwise they are always going to be at an economic disadvantage to states like Germany especially as the regulatory burdens are always expanding and favor more established advanced economies

    Which just so happens to describe the Germans shocker
    Frankly I don’t see the Europeans ever making the step to a common fiscal policy
    The Germans already balk at bailing out the Southern Europeans and the Southern Europeans balk at the Germans telling them to spend less

    Eventually the debts will become too much and the only option left for these countries will be to depart the Euro and reintroduce their vastly depreciated currencies

  8. Crigiest thing about immigration in eu is they chose Middle Eastern muslims over Indian hindu's. 😂

  9. These government sponsored videos are so crap and pathetic…..Britain was SCAMMED into joining the Common Market in the first place (and funnily enough it was an earlier piece of shit Tory PM who did that too, nothing changes, right) so just remember the treacherous past of these tory wankers BEFORE you stupidly ask for more…..What are ya , dumbass.

  10. End it!!! It a anti human right socialist corporatist elites system. An can not wait when the slavic and chez states leave it. Where was EU for Georgia and Ukraine when Russia invaded??!!?? Or the economic invasion of Muslim military age males criminals raging in their states???

  11. Traveling is not about eu but shengen tractat. Nothing with a eu.

  12. why should the EU be forever limited to economic union? why not unifying education programs?

  13. Perhaps EU should send some sort of inspectors to countries like Romania. In Romania we get funds from EU but those who lead the country are corrupted and take the coins for themselves. The sad thing is that our country is not united. We all think for ourselves instead of trying to unite to bring them down… What if we had inspectors who came to lead the country for atleast one yare and decide if we wanted to keep them or not? This may be specifically for one or two countries in EU but still… In cases like those its good to have a backup plan

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