Is the European Union Worth It Or Should We End It?
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Is the European Union Worth It Or Should We End It?

October 14, 2019

Do you think the European Union is worth it? Or, should we end it? Many people feel a strong disconnect with the EU, while others praise its achievements. Everything considered: Is its existence good or bad for Europeans? Since it looks like the UK is leaving the EU, we’ll mostly treat it as if it’s no longer part of the club. The European Union, combining its 27 member countries, has a population of about 450 million people, making it the third most populous sort-of country in the world. It’s the world’s second largest economy by GDP, and has the biggest single market in the world. But originally, the creation of the European Union was all about one thing: Peace. Europeans are really good at war, so they were involved in bloody conflicts for basically all their history. A century-long rivalry between Germany and France alone, cost millions of lives and ran so deeply that Germans invented their own word for it: Erbfeindschaft. After the second World War, Europeans decided they wanted lasting peace that was not based on a balance of military power. Instead, the economies, politics, and peoples of Europe, should become so closely interconnected, that war would become both impractical and unthinkable. The plan worked! Between EU members, we’ve had over 70 years of peace. Okay, peace is great and all, but what are the European Union’s achievements and problems? Today, EU citizens benefit from many individual freedoms. EU treaties and regulations ensure easy travel, cheap telecommunications, a great variety of goods and services, as well as very strong health and safety standards. European institutions are not afraid to pick a fight with companies such as Microsoft, Apple or Facebook about fair competition, tax evasion or data protection. Through the EU science programs, the European countries became a collaborative engine that serves as a hub of science in the wider world. Unrestricted travel and the right to work anywhere makes it easy to apply for funds, and set up international teams of experts with the best equipment. In turn, the EU became the world leader in terms of its global share of science researchers, and produces more than twenty-five percent of the world’s research output, with only five percent of its population. But many citizens feel distrust toward the EU. Brussels seems far away and untransparent, technocratic, and difficult to understand. It doesn’t help that the EU is terrible at outreach, and explaining what it actually does. This disconnect has also led to an ever-shrinking voter turnout over the decades. More transparency and accountability are desperately needed if the EU institutions want the trust of their citizens. Currently, the EU is still shaken by the refugee crisis of 2015. Some countries have accepted far greater numbers of asylum seekers than others, while the border countries are overwhelmed and feel left alone. Other countries are shocked by the initially unregulated mass immigration, and closed their borders, effectively shutting down the largest route into Europe. The EU’s wealth and freedom make it an attractive destination, and this is unlikely to change. The population is split on how to react to that. Some argue that Europe let in too many immigrants, with a different culture without strictly demanding integration, while others argue that immigration is not the problem, but that racism and discrimination of immigrants is preventing integration. To strike a balance between helping refugees, turning illegal immigrants away, and successfully integrating the ones that stay, remains one of the most difficult and controversial challenges of the Union. Immigration aside, many more challenges lie in the future, like defense. Traditionally, European countries have relied strongly on the protection of the US through NATO. But in the current political climate, Europe has to ask itself if it really wants to depend on the United States for its safety. If combined today, the militaries of EU members could form an effective defensive force and be the third largest military in the world. That could save a lot of money, safeguard European borders, and enhance cultural understanding with soldiers from 27 different countries serving one common purpose. What about money? Well, it’s complicated. The EU created the largest single market in the world. Inside it, you can trade border and customs free. Countries that entered it got a massive boost to their economies. Even between neighbors, trade increased by up to five hundred percent, and there was a steady creation of new jobs. Research has suggested that joining the EU has left Most new members with an average of a twelve percent higher GDP than if they had remained outside. And for those regions with weaker economies and poor infrastructure, EU institutions provide billions of euros every year helping economic investment, infrastructure, and social development. On the negative side, the EU tries to hold together countries with vastly different economies and laws regarding labor, taxes and social security. The cost of one hour of work in an EU country ranges from four euros an hour to forty euros an hour. Some countries have large industries and strong exports while others focus on services, tourism, or natural resources. On top of this, the euro is the common currency of some but not all of these countries. As the Greek crisis shows, this can be a recipe for disaster. You cannot unify a vastly different economies under one currency, but their economic policies separate. So, should all EU countries unite under the common currency, or not? Should the weakest links be thrown out of the Euro, or should countries be made to adopt common policies on taxes, health care, and social security? It’s a question that’s been brewing for years, and is nowhere near a solution. So, everything briefly considered: Is the European Union worth it? Here is our answer: The EU is very flawed, and still needs a lot of work. But it’s fair to say that the European Union makes Europeans powerful in the world. Put together, we lead in science, are one of the strongest economic powers, and could have one of the strongest militaries in the world. But more importantly, the EU gives us peace, security, and a sense of shared identity. And something we all crave in these turbulent times, stability. If we want to protect the values we’re so proud of, a strong European Union is the best way to make sure our voice is heard in the world. Alone as small states, we’ll hardly stand a chance in a world of shifting superpowers. What do you think about the EU in its future? In recent years, the discussion about political topics has become super toxic with sad real-world consequences. Let’s not do that. If you don’t agree with this video, you’re not our enemy, you just have a different opinion and that’s fine. We’re all in the same boat after all, so let’s have a fact-based discussion about our future.

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  1. EU should be like United States 🇺🇸 or Canada 🇨🇦. Why have a bunch of countries when they could just be provinces? Having a bunch of different countries in 1 union is too complicated.

  2. My personal opinion is that we should become one country with same laws and regulations or EU would not survive.
    Example is "mobility package" and its purpose is not to help to European transport companies but to destroy the competition from the poor members like Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and so on.
    For example in my country the transport business makes 17% of GDP and with these regulations some companies from West will become bigger and richer while our companies will bancrupt in a matter of 2-3 months!
    And Why UK was given right to vote for this mobility package? Because their vote is in favor of France and Germany!
    Did we adopt such unloyal laws when west european companies conquered our markets? No, we didn't!
    So if you ask some east europeans most of them would say that EU is just utopia and the real purpose is to suck the skilled workers from the poorer countries and to conquer new markets.
    Thats all!

  3. "If EU wants to depend on the USA….". Yeah, the sub prime crisis really left EU dependent! All that crap they did on wall street and house mortgages really made us learn a lesson – any business with those cowboys is bad. Can't wait for EU to stand up against those Imperialist bully assholes. The sooner the better because they are also messing with China and what they're doing over there is revolting

  4. Haven't watched it yet, but you really shouldn't be wading into politics as a science channel. Automatic thumbs down.

  5. EU doesnt have a single political figure as a representative (leader),like Trump is for USA and Putin for Russia,EU countries are under the same economical state and market existence therefore why not unite politics also??

  6. Speaking as an American, I’m all for the EU. Anything that allows other parts of the world to enjoy the free flow of goods and people the states have between themselves is a good thing. But I’m also not a part of the EU, so my opinion matters much less than thoses involved

  7. I belive the currency is good bcs i could rob a bank in spain and run to portugal without getting noticed and now im rich

  8. Bolloks, to big and far to powerful there will come a time when the eu will be disbanded and it will be illegal to show the eu flag in any form

  9. you can't deny europe went from an area full of waring countrys and an unstable economy and now is a stable peaceful continte

  10. How did you not even attempt to touch on tho politics? Its undemocratic to say the least and its inching ever closer to being a dictatorship, unelected leaders who can't be removed and MEPs with no real power, would anyone tolerate this of their own government?

  11. EU is, in my opinion, the best thing that happened to European peoples, since ever… just maintaining the peace is worth it, not to speak of incredible co-operations it offers, spread of knowledge is incredible. Since we are in EU, I've met a lot of people from all over EU and worked with them. economic benefits are more than obvious, unless you're Greece I suppose, didn't really understand what happened there, but it seems like an exception…

  12. The Auschwitz European Union must be destroyed, or they will destroy us! They are bringing in the 3rd world, many Africans that hate white people are being brought in and will soon take over Europe.
    In Sicily, thanks to the European Union, blacks are receiving "free housing and free weekly money," why the Sicilians are going hungry.

  13. e n d i t.
    Eurooean union bassicly took the right to defend yourself in most of the countries in it exept Czech Rep that refuses to agree on their bullshit, switzerland and slovakia.
    In most of the countries owning a gun is impossible and carring a knife is a crime, that bassicly reduces your survival rate if someone attacks you. Also censor ship is a huge problem, anything that you post online and is against the bullshit called political correctnes can get you into jail.
    I'm glad that I live in Czech Rep.that mostly refuses the bs commands that the dictatorship of the European Reich gives us.

  14. Governments should serve and defend the people they have been entrusted to rule. Mass immigration, and any immigration from culturally and/or biologically incompatible populations, is not in the interest of the people. When the EU forced members to accept refugees they betrayed the people they were supposed to be serving. Any government that attempts to replace its own population with an outside one deserves to be overthrown.

  15. I live in Denmark and we dont have the Euro
    Denmark and Sweden MUST introduce the Euro
    When i ask my parents they just come up with stupid excuses

  16. Spending money on Military makes me think we have a classified imminent alien attack. It's so stupid… nobody could benefit from war from this time on.

  17. Give up our culture independence and self expressions for, security and prosperity to unelected bureaucrat's sure what could go wrong…., bens Franklin famous quote comes to mind ,those who are willing to give up freedom for security deserve neather.

  18. Many mistakes at the end, like a shared identity isnt needed as nations already have their OWN shared identity called citizenship — so UNLIKE

  19. Can't remember who said it, but I have found the quote:
    "The EU is made up of small nations and nations that don't realize that they are small yet".

    A country of 10-60 million doesn't have the influence (as in possible market) needed on the world stage to promote it's values and protect it's citizens from countries and corporations alike.

  20. Didn’t really go into the economic imbalances enough I think true their economies grew faster than they would have otherwise but a lot of that may be due to the large influx of credit that countries like Greece received by being on the Euro

    Otherwise they are always going to be at an economic disadvantage to states like Germany especially as the regulatory burdens are always expanding and favor more established advanced economies

    Which just so happens to describe the Germans shocker
    Frankly I don’t see the Europeans ever making the step to a common fiscal policy
    The Germans already balk at bailing out the Southern Europeans and the Southern Europeans balk at the Germans telling them to spend less

    Eventually the debts will become too much and the only option left for these countries will be to depart the Euro and reintroduce their vastly depreciated currencies

  21. These government sponsored videos are so crap and pathetic…..Britain was SCAMMED into joining the Common Market in the first place (and funnily enough it was an earlier piece of shit Tory PM who did that too, nothing changes, right) so just remember the treacherous past of these tory wankers BEFORE you stupidly ask for more…..What are ya , dumbass.

  22. End it!!! It a anti human right socialist corporatist elites system. An can not wait when the slavic and chez states leave it. Where was EU for Georgia and Ukraine when Russia invaded??!!?? Or the economic invasion of Muslim military age males criminals raging in their states???

  23. Perhaps EU should send some sort of inspectors to countries like Romania. In Romania we get funds from EU but those who lead the country are corrupted and take the coins for themselves. The sad thing is that our country is not united. We all think for ourselves instead of trying to unite to bring them down… What if we had inspectors who came to lead the country for atleast one yare and decide if we wanted to keep them or not? This may be specifically for one or two countries in EU but still… In cases like those its good to have a backup plan

  24. END THE FUCKING THING. All it's succeeded in doing is creating a Western 'Third World' thanks to the mass immigration of cut-throats from the Middle East and Africa, grossly diluting not only our economy, but our culture. And it costs BILLIONS for every E.U member-country to be in it …….. so either way you look at it, it's a fucking disaster.
    Pull the plug in it.

  25. What a joke and a miscarriage of academic Integrity is say that the EU is why your message joy and peace, but he was enjoyed peace because of America being the shadow of Doom 4 countries that want to go to war. It's because of America that you EU has peace.

  26. Higher GDP and eradication of culture and custom. Germany is no longer Germany. But hey! On average their GDP is higher!

  27. "some argue that racism is the problem"
    Terrorist attacks and chaos didnt just appear from thin air.
    Immigrants should have right to good life, but among them are terrorists, and its not easy to distinct them.
    That's why i wouldn't let them in. Also instead of working hard to make their country's situation better, they just run away leaving others in even worse situation

  28. Exactly, it needs more transparency and really really start talks about reforms, euro and more integration… One day, we can end like The USA. But not, until we don't have the same opinions, feel differences between west, central and east Europe.

  29. I hate EU alot because of the Article 13, many british, french, spanish,portuguese,russians and other kind of youtubers are suffering alot of copyright strikes.

  30. Look at QE and tell me The EU is NOT ruled by the banks. Why not helicopter money, that would really get the European economy going, instead of allowing the banks to strengthen their buffers with taxpayers money. You want the EU to survive? Shoot all the lobbyists! bring back democracy. EU is definitely not worth it. It's tearing us apart, not providing stability.

  31. It was the Regional Development Fund that had the greatest influence on my vote. Our government doesn't have a great history when it comes to giving funds to the regions. Even devolution hasn't changed this. The Welsh government in Cardiff, for example, doesn't send much in the way of money to North Wales. A lot of investment has been through the EU – sometimes in partnership with other investors. There's concern about what will happen when we exit, which is essentially unknown.

  32. EU is a perfect organization and should exist. Because the potential of starting a third world war is more between the European countries. So, if peace reigns it will be better for the European countries and humanity itself

  33. The Eu is a big step in the right direction, however it is extremely complex and young. Therefor we need to fine tune it.

  34. He mentioned peace if it wasn't for US who protected the worl from communism and nuclear weapons that would not have been possible. Ok it's not bad however we do not stand together, there is a huge burocratic goverment which deside everything which there re not directly elected from us. There are thousands of needless regulations, high taxes not to mention the immigration problem. The tension is to eredecate our nation identity and replace it with this huge socialist goverment. As for a united european army only the British and the Finish are capable of fighting the rest are snowflakes. It's one thing to have strong ties with one another and free trade and another to become one country. Last but not least he mentioned freedom of what exactly, of own a firearm or state your opinion. Have you triyed to be gen a bussness hahaha. We are part of the western world but we should keep our westernness and look to USA values as an example not the other way around

  35. The problem with the EU and the same with the US – federal government is disconnected from the population. They don't properly represent their citizens. The EU and US both SHOULD exist; not only them, but nations like Russia and China also have multi-state unions that make them stronger together. But all of these unions have problems at the base of their law, a lack of transparency and accountability to their citizens, and their leading political groups are too polar which leads to a lot of infighting which makes the government slow and ineffective. Their constitutions need to be upgraded, their leading powers removed fully (both politicians and political groups) for a complete refresh, and their actions more known to the public with their people able to more easily counter bad decisions. However, those at the top refuse to step down, and so the spaghetti code that makes up the federal governments gets worse and worse.

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