January 24, 2013
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We all have heard the words of a politician who decided to re-shape the thematic of the ongoing discussions about the future of Europe right in the middle of the financial, economic and dept crisis. But the true question behind “The Speech” is this: does the British PM really want to put into question one of the most influential EU Member States’ EU Membership or it is just a masterplan to tematise the British domestic policy and hopefully pave the way for an electoral victory? The answer is so obvious that there is no need give it to the readers’ mouth.
Nonetheless, it seems that either the authors of that speech or its critics missed to realise the undiscovered impacts of such a communicational atteimpt, namely:
1. the true Europeanism of British people,
2. the real problems of the European integration and
3. the fate of the always forgotten most vulnerable persons.
In my opinion, British are more Europen than you would ever think. The British history has bound to the old continent with thousand attachments: our history, culture, economy, culture are common. There is no European identity without Great Britain. And the often quoted so-called ‘British euroscepticism’ simply does not exist at all, since it is only a never proved common place, and it is always easier to refer to this instead of facing the hard facts:
As a matter of fact, the British accession was approved by a democratic and legally binding referendum, the United Kingdom is a crucial Member States who gave to the EU – among other things – the most widely used working language, and British people and companies enjoy the beneficial effects of the EU membership on a daily basis and they are more than happy with it. So never underestimate the European roots of the British.
2. The EU is facing real challenges
It would not be fair to deny it. But the real challenges are certainly somewhere else and artificial stimulation of eurosceptic emotions will not help to resolve them. How disappointing is that Germany and France have celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Élysée treaty which has brought peace to the old continent and in the meantime the third big power focuses on itself.
3. What about the most vulnerable persons who do not have a say in that debate?
Both sides often refers to the lack of the democratic legitimacy of the EU but nobody really talks about those who suffered the most during the crisis: the poor, the Roma, the homeless, the migrant, people with disabilities, people sufering various diseases, unemployed and the list could be continued. However, the true victims of the crisis are those who are on the very bottom of our society. We are talking about people who often does not have the possibility to express their own interest. People who often do not vote – and maybe we identified a reason why politicians often neglect them.
I remain at your disposal.
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Related earlier updates:Zoltán Massay-Kosubek