Ménage à trois

Posted on 28. September 2011

by Apollonia Khan

apollonia-khan-2011-2012-modifiedWhile listening to a journalist of the Financial Times, one could think that the Eurozone, and with it most certainly the EU all together, were doomed. Since it is bound to its unavoidable economic future, it appears  that there is nothing anybody  can do about it. Depressing statement indeed.

Then it hit me, what about (re)exploring options that were considered long gone, thanks to a very efficient eurobrainwashing? Why not devaluate the Euro, for instance? Now I am not taking a stand here, just throwing it out there. Maybe it is because it is so wrong that nobody could dare think the unthinkable. Could be.

Still, to exceptional times, exceptional measures. Since the EU is experiencing a huge crisis, perhaps it is about time to widen the debates, even if it means risking having to face different ideas, ones that could endanger the so-called European expertise. It takes two to tango. One ought to be the European institutions, the other the European citizens in the different civil organizations that represent them.

Is it possible for three to tango though? Member states are currently playing a huge role in the EU’s communication strategy. One can understand why. Since they largely have their word to say in making the EU, it could only be understandable that they had the power of destroying or at least harming it. This situation of dependency is becoming more and more uncomfortable, since the European institutions are desperately in need of full legitimacy, condition sine qua non for their efficiency and survival.

Going out there, having the courage to initiate a more direct dialogue and open debate with its citizens may be the way for the EU to gain their interest, maybe even their support. Some member states who are tempted to instrumentalize the EU by making it responsible for unpopular policies will perhaps not appreciate it very much. Right of direct answer is one of the fundamentals of the Bill of Rights, isn’t it?

Would this imply that the EU became more political? Yes indeed. Wouldn’t it be time?