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What did the EU ever do for us?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the EU, the BBC has compiled a list of ten things the EU has done for its ever whinging group of citizens. Highlights include:

  • Easy Travel – the practicality is that you still need ID even when crossing Shengen borders, but at least most countries use the Euro (or want to).
  • Living Abroad – I am doing it now. Although in practice you often need to understand the language (or rely on someone who does) to get things done. You still need to handle the bureaucracy which can be both demanding and very frustrating. But since CZ is my 3rd European country it can’t be all that bad.

I am not sure about this list, its more like a list that was compiled out the need to compile a list and for most European countries a lot of the benefits would have already been in existence. Other than cheaper flying (which does contribute to environmental problems), easier travel, living abroad and cheaper telephone calls, all the other benefits were in place anyway, there has just been a standardisation. Can these things really be seen a benefits from a bureaucratic institution that’s been in place for 50 year. You’d think they would have achieved greater things and the list would have been 50 items long.

[BBC – Ten Things the EU has done for you]

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