I'm sure you'll regard my question as a little naive but I'm not a political animal, just someone who is quite happy to watch from the sidelines dependant on those who have their fingers on the pulse to do their best.
I'm of an age where I still remember what life was like before we entered the Common Market (just). It seemed a very good idea at the time and helped even out the highs and lows of at least food production and had many more benefits I'm sure.
However I've never understood the need for greater inter-dependency; to have a common currency is way beyond my understanding but by recent events it doesn't look as though it was the best of ideas.
What unsettles me even more is the slow, almost imperceptible integration of each of the countries' laws making Europe a super-state. Surely all our interests aren't the same, only that of self-determination, defence and of growth and we don't have to be joined at the hip of promote any of these.
The European countries coming together as one in trading, defence and one or two other areas of mutual benefit is one thing but to ruled by the governing body of this super-state I think is unhealthy and which has brought us to the brink of the UK at least wondering whether we should continue with our membership.
I don't think political union was on anyone's mind when this concept was first thought of and if it was everyone's kept very quiet about it.
In short I think we're drawing together too tightly probably at the behest of Germany; we should share and unite where it's to the individual countries' advantage but each keep our separate laws, identities, cultures and customs and be free to conduct ourselves in the way we see fit.
Buying in to the concept of share what is common but freedom to pursue individual avenues doesn't and shouldn't mean we should all becomes 'Europeans' - we're all that already. We should remain British, French, German etc. but with common goals.
As someone of far greater an understanding of such things what do you think?
Answer I think you may find this e-book of some interest:
Economic and political columnist in many periodicals in a few countries and a published and awarded author of short fiction and reference books in Hebrew, English and Macedonian in Israel, Macedonia and the Czech Republic. Until 2002, I served as Economic Advisor to the Government of Macedonia. My book, "After the Rain - How the West Lost the East" was published by CEENMI/Central Europe Review and Narcissus Publications and, as an e-book.
Web and Journalistic Activities
Author of extensive Web sites in:
Psychology ("Malignant Self Love") - An Open Directory Cool Site,
Philosophy ("Philosophical Musings"),
Economics and Geopolitics ("World in Conflict and Transition").
Owner of the Narcissistic Abuse Study List and the Abusive Relationships Newsletter (more than 6000 members).
Owner of the Economies in Conflict and Transition Study List , the Toxic Relationships Study List, and the Link and Factoid Study List.
Editor of mental health disorders and Central and Eastern Europe categories in various Web directories (Open Directory, Search Europe, Mentalhelp.net).
Editor of the Personality Disorders, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, the Verbal and Emotional Abuse, and the Spousal (Domestic) Abuse and Violence topics on Suite 101 and Bellaonline.
Columnist and commentator in "The New Presence", United Press International (UPI), InternetContent, eBookWeb, PopMatters, Global Politician, eBookNet.org, and "Central Europe Review".
Publications and Awards
"Managing Investment Portfolios in States of Uncertainty", Limon Publishers, Tel-Aviv, 1988
"The Gambling Industry", Limon Publishers, Tel-Aviv, 1990
"Requesting My Loved One Short Stories", Yedioth Aharonot, Tel-Aviv, 1997
"The Suffering of Being Kafka" (electronic book of Hebrew and English Short Fiction), Prague and Skopje, 1998-2004
"The Macedonian Economy at a Crossroads On the Way to a Healthier Economy" (dialogues with Nikola Gruevski), Skopje, 1998
"The Exporters' Pocketbook", Ministry of Trade, Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, 1999
"Malignant Self Love Narcissism Revisited", Narcissus Publications, Prague and Skopje, 1999-2006 (Read excerpts - click here)
The Narcissism Series (e-books regarding relationships with abusive narcissists), Skopje, 1999-2006
"After the Rain How the West Lost the East", Narcissus Publications in association with Central Europe Review/CEENMI, Prague and Skopje, 2000
Winner of numerous awards, among them Israel's Council of Culture and Art Prize for Maiden Prose (1997), The Rotary Club Award for Social Studies (1976), and the Bilateral Relations Studies Award of the American Embassy in Israel (1978).
Hundreds of professional articles in all fields of finances and the economy, and numerous articles dealing with geopolitical and political economic issues published in both print and Web periodicals in many countries.
Many appearances in the electronic media on subjects in philosophy and the sciences, and concerning economic matters.