January 2013

Is the disintegration of the European Union about to happen?
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Editorial
Is the disintegration of the European Union about to happen?
David Cameron has so far been the only prime minister of the member state of the European Union who was courageous enough to stand against the present development in the Union and German- French pressure on quickening currency, bank and fiscal centralization of the Eurozone. The British Prime Minister requires a few changes: so that the European Union stopped making life of the citizens and entrepreneurs more complicated and increased its efficiency, flexibility and competitiveness and returned some competences (he did not specify them precisely) to national governments and parliaments. He asks for new reforms in the Union and a new Treaty, which would set up other existence and principles of the Union. In addition, in 2017, he wants to call a decisive referendum whether Britain should remain in the Union…
Yes, it is the year 2013 and Mr Cameron just talks about his plan he would like to carry out if his Conservative Party will reign after the British parliamentary election 2015. “British Obama” as he is called, has not mentioned so far what proposals he would want to submit to the Irish Presidency, Brussels or the Eurozone. We even do not know whether he proposes the complex revision of the European Union Treaty or “just” the revision of Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force four years ago. In any case, it is praiseworthy that he at least speaks about it because it is partially a counterbalance of medial domination of almost the same proposals how to solve “European crisis and integration” from the side of the Commission, Germany and France.
The Article 48 of the Treaty of the European Union enables revisions of agreements and treaties on which the union is based but only if necessary due to political, economic or social development. Cameron’s cabinet has no problem with this condition as not a single government is satisfied with the development and state of the Union. Its citizens become poorer and poorer, firms go bankrupt and make many people redundant, citizens cannot get by from a single salary, young families do not have funds for housing, costs for a living continuously increase, demonstrations against governmental cuts on costs are more frequent and sharper, economic gap between richer and poorer regions are deeper and deeper, separatism of nations is louder and more real in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and Italy.
The crisis, which was beginning to break out in the old fifteen with 377 million inhabitants at the end of the 1990s, is still deepening. Neither bureaucratic and unsuccessful Lisbon Treaty nor massive enlargement of the EU in the years 2004 and 2007 managed to stop it. In the year 2000, there were 15 million unemployed people in the EU and the Lisbon Treaty (passed in the year 2000) should have assured that in the year 2010, the EU would have been the most competitive and most dynamic knowledge- based economy that would be competing the USA and Japan. Other goals were such as sustainable economic growth, knowledge based economy and society, risen number of jobs and higher social coherence. Nevertheless, the results are known to all of us and are more than pathetic and degrading. At the end of the year 2012, Eurostat publicized that almost 120 million people (23,4% citizens) lived at the edge of poverty and the EU registered almost 26 million unemployed people in a half- billion European Union in the year 2011. Moreover, this is the result of the work not only of the European Council and the Council of the European Union, but mainly of well- paid commissars in the European Commission and the MPs of the European Parliament.
So-called European leaders, in other words bureaucrats from the European Commission, some prime ministers and presidents of the member states (who change after four or five years) came up with an idea that only deeper integration, common currency (implemented in the year 2002) and creation of the Eurozone can overcome the stagnation. Whether they were right or not can be proved again by the figures from Eurostat. Out of 26 million unemployed men and women, more than 18.7 million live in the Eurozone! In addition, their number is rapidly increasing. Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Italy are the members of the Eurozone. Out of them, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Cyprus have the biggest financial problems and Slovakia seems to follow them soon. Moreover, for at least two year, Italy and France have been mentioned as well…
It might appear a rather speculative question: how come that the states that are not in the Eurozone are in better position? And how do they differ from the Eurozone?
Yes. There is something wrong about the European Union and it is necessary to do something about it. David Cameron is right. It is not normal that if the crisis has deepened in the EU for twelve years and its citizens do not feel any positive results of political decision of the Commission, Council (consisting of the ministers) and the European Council (comprises with prime ministers, chancellors and presidents). Neither cost saving regulations have helped in “ bankrupting states” nor new borrowings, Euro funds and other forms of donations and financial funding which are the source of corruption and non- systematic solutions. It is not standard and positive either if member states race about in the competition of “ their survival” within new contracts and investment cooperation with Russia, China, Asian, Arab and African countries. Where is, for example, common development of the unified European market and protection of its integrity that David Cameron also asks for? This important goal did not become the fetish of the European Union; unsuccessful economic and currency union has been split economically and politically for a few years already. Most of them are the states of the Eurozone (16 states) and smaller part consists of the states that refuse implement Euro (11 states). As far as Germany and France govern (The European Central Bank, German and French banks) the Eurozone, David Cameron, British Conservatives, Liberals and Eurosceptics appear to be a spokesperson of neglected eleven. Gap and differences in opinions have not become smaller. On the contrary, they are deepened by the latest common proposals of the Commission and the Eurozone that require bank, fiscal and political union. If not in the entire EU, so at least in the Eurozone. However, isn’t it another attack against the unity in the Union and against the others with a different opinion? Moreover, proclaimed unity and common interest do not rule in the Eurozone either. It could be proved by the latest discussion on implementation of the tax from financial transactions, which the European Commission proposes to implement since January 2014. Implementation of controversial “European tax” is supported by 11 states so far- by Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia. Other five states of the Eurozone (Cyprus, the Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg and Malta) and other member states of the EU refuse this proposal. Because it is not obvious what exactly will be rehabilitated and supported with this 34- 57 billion Euros banks would have to pay for the financial crisis (in fact, it will be paid by ordinary tax payers as usual).
Any proposals to change European treaties can be submitted only by the individual member states or the European Commission. To whom? Just to the Council of the European Union (The Council of the Ministers of the governments that meets in ten different resort clusters). It is the most important “legislative” body of the EU. Its partial member is always the only representative at the minister level from each, member state that is authorized to oblige the country on behalf of his government. Paradoxically, ministers themselves do not prepare the agenda but by the Permanent Representative Committee (COREPER) comprising of ambassadors of the member state based in Brussels or their deputies. This committee supervises work of approximately 250 committees and work groups that prepare documents that will be negotiated by COREPER and the Council afterwards. In addition, this might be an answer to the question why everything is so complicated and unclear in the European Union.
This year is a year of Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union and it will be followed by Lithuania that will try to enter the Eurozone in 2015. David Cameron has not spoken about any exact proposals for “legislative changes” that might get the Union from the economic, financial and political crisis. Neither about proposals that would increase economic growth would revive small and medium enterprises and decrease high unemployment rate of young people. What a pity! There would surely be an interesting confrontation of proposals. On the other hand, there is a German- French concept for at least a Eurozone that needs revising the EU Treaty as well as Lisbon Treaty. That is why Chancellor Merkel declared that Germany is ready to search for compromises in proposals.
David Cameron, unlikely other prime ministers in the European Union, play transparent and open game with the citizens of Great Britain. He asks for open discussion even within the European Union. He does not want to dictate citizens “the only right direction and opinion” as we are witnessing for example in Slovakia where no discussion in the parliament are being held on the further development in the European Union. Neither it is with the citizens of this country. First Fico´s government solved it very simply- they integrate Slovakia in the Eurozone- without referendum but claiming that the Eurozone protected Slovakia from the consequences of economic and financial crisis of the USA and in Western Europe. Second Face’s government perceives it as easy as a pie- it is just enough to obey Germany and France and Slovaks will be better.      
Róbert Matejovič, editor-in-chief        
 
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