Talk:European Union

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Lobbying and the undemocratic nature of the European Commission[edit]

Many critics of the EU across the political spectrum have raised concerns about the undemocratic nature of the appointed commission and the influence of lobbying by business interests. These are legitimate concerns that should be discussed. Since democracy is an important aspect of choosing who governs policy, it ought to be considered under a criticisms section. — Unsigned, by: 86.150.110.250 / talk / contribs 15:13, 23 February 2015‎

Well, what stopping you from improving the article? It's a wiki after all ;) Seeing as the article is still a bit messy and incomplete for an important subject like the EU, your help would be much appreciated. (Tell Me What To Think) and (I'll tell you what to feel) 16:29, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Quote[edit]

A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas. A day will come when the bullets and bombs are replaced by votes, by universal suffrage, by the venerable arbitration of a great supreme senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, the Diet to Germany, and the Legislative Assembly to France.

A day will come when a cannon will be a museum-piece, as instruments of torture are today. And we will be amazed to think that these things once existed!

A day will come when we shall see those two immense groups, the United States of America and the United States of Europe, facing one another, stretching out their hands across the sea, exchanging their products, their arts, their works of genius, clearing up the globe, making deserts fruitful, ameliorating creation under the eyes of the Creator, and joining together, to reap the well-being of all, these two infinite forces, the fraternity of men and the power of God.

source--Кřěĵ (ṫåɬк) 05:37, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

A day will may come...
Also, that is one nice quote you've got there.--JorisEnter (talk) 11:03, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

The main problem with the European Union[edit]

As a summary:

It was established in 1957 - Cold War, Hungarian Uprising, Suez, Colonialism - for 6 member states, with an eye to the maintaining of food supplies and post-war reconstruction.

60 years later, with 27+ members (plus associate members, European microstates), a complex post-Cold War order and technology/the service sector being of far greater significance, it has 'mismatched policies' (and especially so with regard to Greece etc).

So what should be done with it? 31.51.113.167 (talk) 10:47, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

In my opinion... reformed massively. It's too neoliberal with policies like austerity and CETA (luckily no TTIP though). We need policies to mitigate the impact of automatization and the focus has to shift from business first to people first. We may be better than the US in that regard, but there's still room for improvement, especially since the european court is exceptionally business friendly. --Imaginative username (talk) 12:03, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Why the EU is worth it[edit]

...in a nutshell. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 12:00, 21 April 2017 (UTC)

Thank you. Let's hope no one brex it. Ro Thorpe (talk) 15:05, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

What Europe Does For Me[edit]

https://www.what-europe-does-for-me.eu I don't know how wether it is notable enough, but I often come across complaints that the EU does nothing for the common man in various forms. Is it worth mentioning here with the provided link? 94.215.150.223 (talk) 16:15, 1 February 2019 (UTC)