The opinion of the Europeans on the European Union, in the way it works now, is divided. Basically there are three points of view: stay the same, change or exit.
At first glance, which statement best reflects your position right now?
The opinion of the Europeans on the European Union, in the way it works now, is divided. Basically there are three points of view: stay the same, change or exit.
One thing is the EU as a political entity, that you may like more or less, or not like at all.
But how about Europa in a non-political sense, in fact, as a community? Our continent enjoys a rich diversity of peoples, cultures and languages. How well do you know the community of people within this political union you are living in?
To start with, how much interaction do you have with other europeans in your daily life?
- Which European countries have you ever visited?
- Have you ever lived, worked and/or studied in any of them? (say, a year or more)
- From our rich offer in languages which one(s) do you speak?
- And, very important, from which countries do you have friends or maybe even (had) a love?
It may seem a long list, but you can skip your own country and the countries that don't apply.
(the countries are subdivided in blocks of decreasing EU commitment (open borders, use of Euro), within that ordered by year of entry and then alphabetically - source 1, source 2)
In theory, the European Union is an entity that exists for the good of its citizens. Therefore it seems obvious that, to begin with, EU inhabitants should actually understand it: knowing how it works, what advantages it offers or how they can actively participate to improve it, amongst other.
How well do you feel you understand the European Union?
There are some topics in the newspapers and on tv-news we receive information about every day. How do you rate their importance and how would information about the EU (news or how it works) compare to that?
Our world is facing many fundamental problems that exceed the capacity of individual countries to solve them. If we do not deal very quickly with these problems in a large-scale collective human effort, global society or even the planet itself may not reach the end of this century, at least not in a healthy way. In fact, a considerable part of the human and animal population, and disturbing portions of the Earth have already reached that point and do nothing but fight for their mere survival. The situation is becoming increasingly unstable and unsustainable.
Unfortunately, most people are so busy simply keeping up with daily life that they do not even find the time or energy to think about it, much less to act. Others prefer to avoid any worrying and choose to let themselves be distracted. And then there is a small but privileged number of people who benefit from all this and have the power to keep other people so occupied, distracted and even in that sorry state of mere survival.
Fortunately enough, small but growing groups of people all over the world are waking up to this reality. Each group faces it from one of the various perspectives, be it climate, ecology, evolution, a humanitarian or social approach, psychology, education, health and nutrition, science, art, sports, justice and sometimes even politics, law, business or economy.
Europa's colourful history is full of people from very diverse cultural backgrounds that have contributed to global society with brilliant and constructive inspirations: from Galilei and Newton to Tesla, Einstein or Bohr; from Dante or Cervantes to Voltaire and Kafka; from van Gogh and Mozart to Picasso and Freddy Mercury. Precisely in this diversity lies Europa's wealth and strength. It offers a far broader and richer basis for creativity and inspiration than is possible in a homogenious society where everybody eats the same food, has the same traditions and speaks the same language. Europa is an old tree with strong roots that carries many different and sometimes unexpected fruits.
Being also the territory of the world with the highest degree of freedom and justice, it is precisely in Europa where those innovative social groups sprout and grow more easily. At the same time, Europa also disposes of the essential resources, such as capital and knowledge. This makes Europa the place par excellence, possibly the only one, with enough potential to unleash the change that the world needs NOW to reach the 22st century in a healthy way.
But this change can only happen in a Europa that is truly united in diversity for and with its people. So not exactly this EU which essentially is just a political, monetary and market union where the representatives of each country are still mainly guided by national interests. It should be a Europa united by its conscientious citizens, in a human and social sense with a true spirit of "union", of coexistence and sharing. In fact, a community.
Europa's potential: its people and diverstity?
Europa has a shamefully violent and savage past.
Within our own territory, we have practically always had one or more wars, except during the Pax Romana, about 2,000 years ago. As if that were not enough, we also invaded and occupied all or part of the other four continents for centuries under colonialism and imperialism after Columbus showed us that the world was round instead of flat, as they had always told us.
Only after two world wars, both initiated in Europe by the way, it seems we finally understood that waging war does not generate a healthy or happy society. The European project came to life with the initial main intention of never having war again. And it has worked for the members of the European Community, later renamed to the European Union. The most tangible, in fact easiest, way to maintain peace for more than 70 years has been economic cooperation, but, implicitly, the European Dream also harbored promises of much greater depth: those of human and social values like freedom, justice, equality and of honest and political transparency.
In the last decades, this project came into crisis essentially for political and economic reasons. Should this mean the end of the European Dream? Of course not, it just means that it has to be put on the right track again. From an internal peace that is based on true freedom, true justice, true equality, true political honesty and transparency. With this and the attention focused on citizens rather then on institutions or corporations, prosperity is created and peace is maintained by itself without any need of so much 'high' politics or economics. If for some reason the European project has entered into a crisis it is precisely because of them, not because of its citizens or human values.
Europa has in its citizens the ability to overcome these crises and when it does, to unlock the potential she holds to serve as a role model for other parts of the world, even if each territory does so in its own way. Precisely the rich diversity of cultures, languages, history, in short, of people in our small continent is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the search to live in harmony, of creativity to achieve it and of willingness to maintain it, that has been forged over the centuries.
As Jean Monnet has always said: "Europe is not about integrating states, it is about uniting the people."
Actually, it is a message of global significance. If the peoples of Europe, with our violent past, are able to unite in a peaceful and harmonious way from the bottom upwards then, in contrast to that destructive past, we will have transmitted a clear and constructive message that it can also be achieved in other parts of the world. This would be a fourth and really the last step of the European Dream which, in fact, is Global!
For EurOpinion the united Europe is not a political issue or, certainly, not only. Rather than political we deem a united Europa to be a human issue, a community of citizens, of people in all their diversity that live together within this political construction now called EU. Each individual person, citizen, human being, is the smallest element of a whole that collectively makes up our united Europa (of course, extensible to the rest of the world, but for practical reasons just EU countries for now).
For EurOpinion each individual person is a basic building block that is just as important as the whole, so we consider it interesting, necessary, and, in fact, useful to know how we are individually. Probably this will give a greater understanding about Europa as a whole. Probably also about each other of and maybe even about ourselves. More ahead EurOpinion thinks about getting into deeper and more significant issues, but let's start with some simple questions.
To accelerate the process of turning ecocide into the fifth international crime against peace Mission LifeForce offers all the people in the world the chance to be part of it and support it for life, in less than getting a hamburger menu both in time and expenses. This also helps increase the legal backup of the front-line activists in case they get arrested. Those who are interested in preserving a healthy planet as our natural living environment can become an "Earth Protector", officially and legally recognized in almost all countries of the world.
"The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire" is a documentary on the dominant role of "the City of London" in global Banking Secrecy.
Bank Secrecy is probably the greatest, but scarcely mentioned, threat to global society and in fact the planet itself. It is the gateway to corruption on the highest level, which then allows other forms of organized crime, maffias and illegal trafficking that destabalize global society:
- Trafficking of Weapons
generally known as the biggest business in the world, it pobably maintains all the wars around the world, either declared or non-declared, the cause of the endless flow of immigrants to Europa amongst other.
- Trafficking of Drugs
maintains the world's drug-cartels like those in Mexico destabilzing all of south-America and ruining millions of lives of young people in Europa and all over the world.
- Trafficking of People
Done by international mafias which covers from, again, trafficking of immigrants by the thousands to trafficking of women for prostitution and trafficking of children or even organs.
- Trafficking of animals
Specially the exotic animals that generally are already on the edge of extinction. In this sense, Bank Secrecy and (political) corruption are in fact the greatest threat to bio-diversity and survival of nature. This extends to illegal deforestation and polution.
The so-called global financial 'crisis'
According to the documentary:
"We can end taxhaven and financial secrecy jurisdictions. Here are 5 steps to put and end to them:"
- Stop public councils from issuing public contracts to companies operating out of tax havens.
- Create public registries of beneficial owners of companies, trusts and foundations.
- Introduce full transparency of deals and secret agreements between companies and governments.
- Introduce public country by country reporting by multinational companies.
- Introduce automatic information exchange between all countries.
The question is who these "we" are. It seems it refers to politicians and political legislation. But since Bank Secrecy and corruption involve politicians in the first place, this route gives little hope, although Europa should be at least a bit better off than other regions of the world. However, simply observing how fearcefully the Netherlands, Luxembourg or Ireland defend their internationally recognized, and by some very appreciated, positions as tax havens, makes it clear there is a long way to go before politics and politicians take true actions against more serious Bank Secrecy.
Possibly only we, the people, are willing to truly fight this disease and we should find creative and intelligent ways do so ourselves, bottom-up, as in fact should be European politics anyway. How to break this priority European and Global problem also needs common sense and creativity.
In his popular TED talk "Do schools kill creativity?" Sir Ken Robinson questions the validity of the modern education and schooling system for the future. An entertaining but at the same time profound talk that makes you think.
I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity.
Our education system all over the world came into being to meet de needs of industrialism. It has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth when we search for a particular commodity. And for the future it won't serve us.
We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we're educating our children.
We have to see our creative capacities for the richness they are and see our children for the hope that they are. And our task is to educate their whole being so they can face this future. Our job is to help them make something of it.
Some decades ago Finland radically moved away from this globalized education system with astonishing results.
Quantum physics stands at the base of all existence. It implies matter, space, energy and possibly vibration and maybe even time and reality. Until some hundred years ago life was simple and all matter was supposed to be build out of atoms. They were thought to be the smallest undividable parts of matter as if they were tiny marbles.
Now (since the beginning of the 20th century) the atom itself is known to consist of quarks. And quarks at their turn might consist of even smaller and more weird stuff called strings, which would be no more than just a kind of vibrational substance that might present itself as matter or energy or even "nothing". At these tiny levels normal, intuitive and understandable (Newtonian) laws of physics do not apply anymore. Everything at this level is 'weird', a mistery and frequently incomprehensible.
Some of these weird characteristics of subatomic particles:
- they can be at two or more places at the same time
- they can go through solid objects
- they can, seemingly, go backwards in time and change the past
- they react to conscious observation
- they can be linked and "communicate" instantly over any distance (entanglement)
All these caracteristics were first theorized through mathematical equations and then confirmed over and over again in scientific experiments.
About me, in short
In summary, it comes down to the first thought chain, but then in full:
- I want a better world and I consciously choose to think so.
- I have faith that this "better" world is possible.
- I am convinced that a better Europe contributes to a better world.
- I know that Europe has the potential to be better.
- I think that Public Opinion should help shape and steer this potential.
- I see that public opinion must be made aware and informed, not least for the European elections in May.
2019. I am working on it and I invite you to participate. What is Eur Opinion?
Happy 2019! ♥
EurOpinion has a dream. A European Dream.
The Dream of a better Europa that eventually can lead to a better World. Until a few decades ago, the vast majority of European citizens shared this Dream. Unfortunately, that dream has now faded or disappeared for many Europeans because the European Union, as it currently exists, clearly does not cover that dream at all. Nowadays many people are Eurosceptic or even want to step out.
However, that European Dream and the current European Union are two completely different interpretations of the "united Europe" and often even opposite. Europinion is convinced that the European Dream has the strength to overcome this failing EU if the European citizens are provided with the knowledge and awareness to make this distinction.
Decline of world society
Europinion thinks that this loss of the "European Dream" in recent decades is part of the general decline of world society and our planet in the same period. It is experienced by many people all over the globe through financial and social crises, through wars and migrations, through artificially manipulated food and the increase of chronic diseases and through large-scale destruction of nature (Ecocide) with loss of biodiversity and climate change as result. These and many other problems are interlinked. Each of these problems transcends the capacity of individual nations to solve them and it is clear that they can only be overcome if several countries work together to form a block that is strong enough to at least start the great change, that is needed to stop this decline and possibly set an example for the rest of the world
EurOpinion's vision is that the united Europa of the Dream has the potential to be that block.
Our world is facing many fundamental problems that need to be solved very soon if we want to reach the next century with a healthy planet and society. Each of these global problems transcends the capacity of individual nations to solve them and it is clear that they can only be overcome if several countries work together to form a block strong enough to at least a start the needed great change to stop the global decline of society and nature, and maybe set an example for the rest of the world.
EurOpinion's vision is that the united Europe of the "Dream" can be such a block, hopefully not the only one in the world. This potential of Europe can be found in the financial, technological and social fields, but we think certainly also in awareness, will and willingness amongst its population. If Europe is actually able to free this potential in harmonious cooperation, effective steps can be taken towards a better Europe which is a possible step towards a better world.
EurOpinion strongly believes that the essence of Europa's potential lies in the collective of its individual citizens and shared common sense, more than in current politics and elaborated expertise, where oftenly only national or even personal interests prevail, undermining the whole point of a truly united Europe.
That's why EurOpinion, as its mission, aims to build, stimulate, strengthen and amplify awareness and the voice of the European Public Opinion.
Europa is worth a fresh look
EurOpinion sees its mission as contributing to a fresh look at and a more positive image of the united Europe in the general knowledge and collective awareness of European citizens and, where possible, bringing the European Dream back to life.
We think the European elections in may of this year 2019 are an excellent opportunity for this fresh look.
A new model for Europa!
We aim to do so by stimulating and reinforcing the European Public Opinion in order to gain strength in the current outdated and stalled model of the European institutions and build a new model that makes this existing model obsolete.
The European elections bring the opportunity to initialize a change.
A different level of thinking!
The change will not be drastic or sudden, more than in a revolution we believe in an evolution. Nature itself has taught us that it is the most harmonious and sustainable way of development. Just being able to plant the seed that brings us to a higher level of thinking is a satisfaction. And a pleasure to see it grow up to to solving problems where Europe and the World are stuck in today.
The elections are also an opportunity to introduce another level of thinking.
Be the change you want to see in Europa!
We consider a new model to be a fundamental step towards unlocking the true potential of Europe, from the citizens up rather than from politics down. We believe that the inspiration, creativity and common sense of the collective of citizens can lead to valuable solutions. When the citizens can participate more in their community then they will also feel more engaged and together really will be able to bring about the change they want to see.
You can contribute to this change, starting by expressing your preferences in the elections.
It may be a long and difficult journey, but all that counts is taking the first step.
BE the change you wish to see in Europa!
As a first step, EurOpinion has developed a simple working model for a platform that, through ongoing opinion polls, aims to stimulate the Public European Opinion and give a voice with the aim to investigate together with the participants, in a public, transparent and interactive way, the underlying reasons for the loss of European Dream. At the same time, it examines which existing or future tools and solutions are preferred by Europeans.
Europa as a whole
For the initial course, EurOpinion wants to focus on five fundamental values, principles, for Europe as a whole, which are best expressed in their "Generic" terminology:
A better Europa for a better world:
1. Nature First
2. Free Speech
3. Gender Equality
4. Go NON-profit
5. AB$ - Abolish Bank $ecrecy
Each of these principles covers considerably more than the short term suggests and is essential for a truly just and sustainable world society on our fragile planet. Of course there is also room for other important issues such as, among other things, education, health or science. Politics or economics can also be discussed, but EurOpinion thinks the essence lies in human values and emotions.
Europa as collective of all individual persons
EurOpinion also wants to give attention to the European as an individual. After all, Europe is made up of the total of all individuals, and as such, each in itself is decisive for the whole. A simple anology are individual atoms that build up the universe as a whole. We believe that European and in fact Human "values" and "identity" start with the individual.
Therefore, there will also be a section dedicated to personal issues. From simple things such as routines of everyday life, to more heavy issues such as the credibility they give to their government or the media, to deeper or more intimate things such as, for example, the extent to which a person feels traitsof the other sex in his/her own being.
Taken together, this can yield interesting, unexpected and perhaps revealing results or correlations.