The European Union is important. That may seem like an obvious statement, and one in which a lot of people agree. But, if you ask “Why the EU is important?” you may find that people lack an answer. Often, we’re told that the EU is a key organization for it’s member states, it helps smaller countries have a voice in global politics and it allows neighbors to pool resources and share the very best of their home with the rest of Europe. How does the EU do this? Where did the EU start? How do countries become members of the EU? These are very important questions that citizens of Europe may ask, and it is very important that members of the EU can answer and understand these questions. The root of a democracy is its people, this is true at a domestic level and it remains the same at the international stage. If the EU is to function as an international democracy its people and citizens have to be engaged and mindful of the functions, processes and debates happening in Brussels everyday.
Here we come to the ethos and role of this blog, only after many long nights and stressful hours have I developed a strong understanding of the European Union, and as I grew to understand the EU my passion and enthusiasm for the organization grew as well. I know that many member states would be lost without EU guidance, important voices and unique perspectives would drown in the swell of opinions and issues present on the international stage. Many EU member states rely on the economic support gained from their membership status and whole industries rely heavily on the support provided by EU regulations and subsidies. I hope that through this blog, I am able to translate EU jargon into clarity and cut through the dense jungle that is the European legislative process. I want to encourage my readers to learn, debate, and get engaged in Europe. I hope to provide a toolbox filled with everything someone needs to research, understand important Europe topics and form their own educated opinions on how the EU is run and its role in international relations. Use these tools to find you own voice, broadcast you opinions, shout your concerns from atop a soapbox, become involved in European politics.
It is easy to be apathetic about politics, to assume that you won’t heard among the countless others and this is a common misunderstanding. Without people there is no debate, no substance to the discourse. I want to encourage everyone to get out there, and shout aplenty to your local politicians, to your representatives in the European Parliament. There is no issue to small and there is no concern invalid. It’s time to get out there! Allow your opinion to be heard and share you experience and perspectives with your communities. This is how we make the world a better place.
On this blog you will find several different categories below is a short summary of everything you can find here at The EU Primer:
- Informatics providing explanations for the most important institutions within the European Union, the most commonly used legislative processes, and some of the key roles and positions both inside and outside the European Union.
- Current European affairs and discussions regarding important events to ensure that any readers are up to date and informed on the EU.
- Informative pieces on the History of the European Union, the many forms it has taken and events through time that were key in the formation of what we know today as the EU.
- Important links and information on how you can get involved in European and Domestic projects and how you can communicate with your representatives at the European Union.