In my first post, I would like to discuss the idea of euroscepticism - I will try to explain the possible evidence supporting this body of criticism and try to show some facts concerning the development of the European Union.
The European Union has started more intensively in the XXI century to strengthen the ties between its member countries. It is undisguised that the EU encouraged or even imposed the processes of industrial, political, legal and economic cooperation between the members of the EU. The power of the European Parliament was even more increased after the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009.
It is indisputable, that the EU is trying to “monopolize” the economical and legal system in Europe to have more control over those sectors. By 2015, there are plans to introduce standardization of the law (economical and legal) in the all EU member countries. Therefore, the bureaucracy in the structures of EU is rapidly increasing, which is one of the most common arguments of the eurosceptics. It is difficult to disagree with this allegation as it is proved that the number of EU officials is increasing as the EU wants to control more and more sectors.
Another argument mentioned by the eurosceptics is the under-democratic system of EU. This suggestion is also supported by hard evidence as more than 50 % of the European Parliament members are from 5 most influential countries in Europe: Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France and Spain. The developing and small countries in Europe has little influence in the EU.
On the other hand, the EU financially supported and still supports the developing countries, but there is a visible sign of stable decrease of the funds that are intended for development of LECD's. It is also connected to the European economical crisis, which forced the EU to limit the amount of money intended for support of developing countries. Moreover, the EU has definitely positively influenced for example the communication system in Europe , but also was beneficial for the European countries in many other sectors. It is in my opinion wrong to underestimate the role of EU in supporting the development in Europe.
Of course, it can be said that the EU integration is weakening the position of the european countries and that it harms the culture and therefore the “identity” of each country, but I would personally connect this with the global issue of globalization, which I will probably cover in a future post.
The euroscepticism is a very compound matter. The EU should definitely try to re-organize its structures and also re-think the idea of the unifying the European countries.