The European Union: pros and cons
Viviana Vilaça Gomes Cruz, nº22, 12ºJ
The basic principles behind the European Union are maintaining peace among the twenty-seven member states, cooperation for mutual benefit and common external action.
The benefits of the Eu are undeniable: free movement of labour and capital, which have helped create a more flexible economy and enabled people to live and work wherever they wish in Europe; people travel freely across national frontiers, making trade and tourism easier and cheaper; with the help of the Erasmus programme, many students have completed part of their studies in another member state; and the EU’s commitment to reduce its global warming emissions has been essential for a better environment.
On the other hand, one of the biggest disadvantages of the EU has to do with financial difficulties. Some EU member nations need to use tax payers money to fund financially unstable states, when those funds could be used to develop their own countries. Another disadvantage is the fact that EU institutions have too much power. They have taken away the right of individual countries to make their own decisions about political and economic issues.
I think the main negative aspect is really the fact that people have a slim chance to make their voices heard.
In my opinion, Brexit was a big mistake and the British will regret it. Despite the disadvantages, the EU has changed Europeans’ lives for the better. That’s why I am for the maintenance of the EU with a single currency, open borders and a single market.