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European Elections, May 2019!

What do EU want from the European Union?

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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 (as it is), change or leave. They could be differentiated as EuroConformism, EuroCriticism and EuroScepticism.
At first glance, which statement best reflects your position right now?

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Do we want a better world?

Do we want a better world?
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Europa: Union or Community?

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The term European Union came into existence with the treaty of Maastricht in 1992. Before that, the commonly used name was European Community. Is there a difference?

Do you like the idea of living in a "Union" or would you prefer the former idea of a "Community"? What associations do you have with each of these two terms?

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Some first simple questions focused on the individual european person

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.

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Do you understand the European Union?

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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?

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Scotland independent after BREXIT?

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In 2014, Scotland held a national referendum. The voters were asked: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" 45% of the voters answered yes and 55% answered no, with an 85% participation. (wikipedia).

The main reason for many no-voters was the fact that they wanted Scotland to stay in the EU. Now that Brexit is going to take Scotland out of the EU, it is quite likely that there will be a new Scottish referendum.

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Is a better world possible?

Is a better world possible?
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A better Europa for a better World?

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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!

 
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Dragging EU legalization: abortion, cannabis, prostitution...

There are several dragging legalization issues that provoke public discussion and sometimes even protests, either against or in favour, in the different countries of Europa. Basically it's about whether they are morally acceptable or not. What is your standpoint? Do you think these kind of issues should actually be determined at a European level?

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Does a better Europa contribute to a better world?

A better Europe for a better World?
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Does Europa have the potential to be better?

Europa's potential?
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Can public opinion shape Europa's potential?

First "Chain of Thoughts"

Thank you for taking the time to follow and fill out our first, shortened, chain of thoughts.

  1. Do you want a better world?
  2. Do you think a better world is possible?
  3. Does a better Europe contribute to a better world? - results
  4. Does Europe have the potential to be better? - results
  5. Can public opinion shape Europa's potential? - results

This brief sequence of questions reflects the basic considerations of EurOpinion, which we believe may coincide with those of many people. The first two questions are so obvious, that it didn't seem necessary to ask them explicitely in this round.

This dream of a "better world" is surely abstract, possibly vague and, according to some, no more than idealistic utopia. Nevertheless, it is a dream that is shared by almost all of humanity.

EurOpinion firmly believes that it is possible, through public surveys and refining the questions in a continuous way, to reach the essence of this collective feeling and make it concrete. This may lead to practical and tangible answers that can guide us in real life as individuals and as society, whether in a quotidian, spiritual or political sense. We consider Europa to be a fertile environment for this, with also the potential to pass it on to the rest of the World.

We also believe that it is plausible to summerize the path between our participants and that better world in the mentioned just three steps. This may be shorter than many people think and precisely because of this we hope it is an incentive for you to also take the first step, especially now with the opportunity of positive change that the European elections offer us in May of this year 2019 (23 - 26, depending on the country).

Welcome to EurOpinion,
Riccardo

 

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