Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Lisbon Treaty Will Go Through: Why The EU is a Good Thing

David Cameron begins to outline new EU policy in light of Czech decision on

Since I am a huge European Union supporter, let me be the first to congratulate the Tories on the new Euro baby!

What is funny is all the people who thought David Cameron ever meant for there to be a referendum.

As far as I'm concerned the EU is the best thing for peace that has ever happened in Europe.

I simply do not understand those in my own country who oppose. We all have complaints about any system we are in, but there has been no general war in Europe since 1945, and the EU provides by far the best framework for dealing with the remaining ethnic/ethno-religious problems.

I do not deny that NATO (AND the Warsaw Pact) had a role in stabilising Europe), but in truth the major conflicts in the past 400 years had all been initiated by France, the biggest German state (based in either Vienna or Berlin) and Spain (which is no longer a threat).

The European Steel and Coal Community led to the EEC to the EC and now to the EU. It has stabilised all of west and west-central Europe, and shows signs of doing so in east-central Europe.

Meanwhile, the EU's support for regionalism within countries is part of what helped calm Ireland down, stopped Catalunya getting violent, and keeps the Basque country OK.

As long as the EU prevails, there will be no irredentist wars over Trieste, the Tyrol, German speaking Belgium, etc. etc.

If the EU had already been able to incorporate Yugoslavia I doubt those criminal idiots Milosevic and Tudjman would have been able to wreak the destruction they did.

UPDATE: The Czech president has now signed the Lisbon Treaty. Hooray.

1 comment:

Travis said...

When I was a student at UNF, we had an economics professor from the University of Warsaw come in and explain the EU, its history and how it evolved. Originally, it was a plan for one currency and over time the idea of the EU started to get more and more authority. I think that many in the British public are worried about the EU overriding the soveriegnty of the UK.

One of the major questions I had about the EU and the Euro was how the value of the currency were to remain stable with it being the currency of so many countries. Hypothetically speaking, what if Italy were to have a reckless economic policy that were to cause problems with the value of the Euro. The other nations who use that currency would be affected by the actions of Italy. Maybe the Brits feel that by keeping the pound they would not be as adversely affected if such a thing were to happen.