The European Union Intensifies the Effects of Unemployment



I have been a Euro-enthusiast since I was 16; however I am beginning to understand the Euro-sceptics...

The European Union (EU) was created under the guise of bringing prosperity to all its members.
I remember that, little after the Maastricht Treaty was signed, there was this concern that the traditions and culture of each country-member would be affected - people were not too keen on having Brussels interfering with their way of life. I also remember having an interesting discussion, with one of my high school teachers, in which I argued that the Portuguese had nothing to fear because it was up to us to protect our culture, our history, our way of life and that the Portuguese Members of the European Parliament (MEP) would make sure that our interests would be protected - as you can see, at 16 I was politically romantic.

The EU didn't change our basic culture or traditions (although the Portuguese began travelling more); but it did assault the way small business was done in Portugal (and beyond).
Latin-Europe has had high unemployment rates before (it is cyclical of n reasons) however people didn't feel it as much because they always had a way out: if they knew how to make jam, they'd make it at home and start selling it in their neighbourhood; if they knew how to bake, they'd do it at home and sell it in their community; if they knew how to make cheese, they'd do it and sell it to their clients etc etc.
But as time passed, the EU began stabbing prosperity in the back with its multiple regulations: one day we woke up and the unemployed ladies could no longer make their jams at home (they had to rent a small place, build a mini-industrial kitchen - with a specific size; buy the industrial materials to cook the fruit, wear specific gear; the floors had to have a specific kind of tile etc); traditional cheese makers could no longer do it the way they had been doing for centuries (because now they had to have a small factory and all the things that come with it); people cooking at home to provide catering services to their neighbourhood couldn't do it unless their kitchen had X size, W stove and Z fridge (and let's not forget that they couldn't cook with a wooden spoon, they had to specifically use a silicone spoon)...the examples are endless, but I think these already give you a clear picture of the situation on the ground.
In the name of what did the European Union come up with these ideas: public health? No, although they did use it as an excuse. The illuminati sitting at the EU came up with these "brilliant" ideas to benefit specific groups.

In a article titled "Europe in 2013: A Year of Decision", George Friedman said "The countries with low unemployment tend to be in Northern Europe, which is the heart of the European Union, while those with catastrophically high unemployment are on the periphery. It is easy to ignore things far away"...and Max Coutinho adds that the heart of the European Union is, in truth, a nest of corruption and self-interest at the expense of the common citizen.

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  1. Oh...I didn't know that the forming of the EU influenced those things. :-( I just thought it'd make things easier for EU nations to travel or do business. Had no clue about the restrictions and new regulations. :-(

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    1. Hi Amel :D!

      It influences many things...sometimes, too many things.
      Yes, Euro-legislators are all busy and happy designing these restrictions that hinder people's lives. Many Euro-critics accuse the EU of undermining the common citizen to benefit certain small groups - are they right, wrong? Only the EU, itself, will be able to tell us.

      Amel, my darling, thank you so much for your input :D. You were missed, girl.

      Cheers

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  2. I can tell you that even the Portuguese are starting to complain about these excessive regulations! Last week I watch a gentleman, on national TV, complaining about them. He even spoke of the lady who cannot make her jams any longer without having ASAE on her back. But there is one detail you didn't mention, Max: if these people are unemployed, how are they supposed to finance all the EU requirements? Micro-credit...and who will benefit from it? The Bankers!
    It is all a game for these MEPs and then they try to convince me that there are no lobbies in Europe ahahaha...what a joke!

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      They are? Good then, they should. This is one issue that is getting to my wits, to the point of nearly cursing *nodding*. The EU should be ashamed of itself.

      Precisely, everything they do is to benefit a specific group - it is not ethical. I am all for business, I have nothing against lobbying; but not at the absolute expense of the common citizen who ultimate supports public institutions...that's my only criticism. There should be more respect for tax payers.

      Ana, thank you so so much for your input, girl :D.

      Cheers

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  3. Lass, we have many Euro-sceptics in Britain and I am one of them (at least now I am). In Spain people complain about the same things you presented us here this week, and I fully understand why they would; I mean, who wouldn't? Portugal should rise up and against this subjugation; because that's what this is. But the interests...oh, the many interests that keep politicians in a tight leash...more I will say not.

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    1. Hi Joe :D!

      You crossed to the other side? I am shocked ;).
      I think citizens from the whole of the south of Europe are beginning to wake up...finally. It does border subjugation, doesn't?

      I have no issue with interests (because we all have them somewhere, somehow), however I do have problems with excessive lack of ethics in politics. Once public servants start forgetting who they serve...all hell breaks loose and corruption reigns. Final result: civil unrest. Can Europe afford it? No.

      Joe, thank you ever so much for your comment, my friend :D. Always a pleasure.

      Cheers

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  4. Great article! I remember the claims that the EU would permit Europe to be on a even footing with the US.

    My theory is that we should stop looking at this as a political phenomenon and instead treat it as a competitive sporting event between the US and the EU. Politicians are the players. The score is the sum of the unemployment rate + the amount of public sector debt as a percentage of GDP + the total word count of regulations divided by a billion. Our job is to cheer them on as they compete to see who can get the highest score!

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      Thank you, I am glad you liked it *bowing*.

      "I remember the claims that the EU would permit Europe to be on a even footing with the US."

      Yeah, I remember that claim as well: it turned out to be another political chimera.

      I am now inclined to agree with you: it is a competition. And Europe right now reminds me of my family's soccer team (Sporting of Lisboa): it loses all the time.
      The US is being much smarter, tactical and modern about politics than Europe is (e.g. the US has the middle class in mind all the time; the EU has been trying to squash it - which makes no sense at all; you do not squash the foundation of society).

      "Our job is to cheer them on as they compete to see who can get the highest score!"

      So true!

      Looney, thank you ever so much for your outstanding comment :D.

      Cheers

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  5. Couldn't agree with you more Max. Yes it is a sure thing that the concept of EURO is a matter of envy in today's hyper polarized world, but beneath every shining object there is bound to be a little dirt and that's where the society has to chip in to clean the dirt. It indeed is a difficult task considering the resources and means of the bosses in the helm of the EURO affairs but nevertheless its worth a try considering somewhere EURO may look strong from outside but inside is very fragile considering the polity of the countries and the European system of governance. I would just wish the good conscience of the populace at large of the Euro nations rise to shake the self-greedy bosses a little as they become self-obsessed and over-confident in their dealings by taking common man for granted so as to continue enjoying the fruits of a unified structure which has more benefits than today's multiplicity of small nations.

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    1. Hi Kalyan :D!

      I agree: the time has come for the people to chip in to clean the dirt. They can not continue to be blinded by the superficial shine.

      "I would just wish the good conscience of the populace at large of the Euro nations rise to shake the self-greedy bosses a little as they become self-obsessed and over-confident in their dealings by taking common man for granted so as to continue enjoying the fruits of a unified structure which has more benefits than today's multiplicity of small nations."

      Hear, hear...Very well said *applauding*!

      K, thank you ever so much for your outstanding thought :D.

      Cheers

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  6. European unemployment rate will surely be lessened with proper economic reform.

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    1. Hi Bill :D!

      Economic reform and reform of regulations as well.

      Thank you, so much for your input, Bill :D. I hope to see more of you.

      Cheers

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