Only a united Europe can bring us peace

Jon Danzig |

The EU is the most successful peace project in human history.

Sure, it’s not perfect.

But as a model for neighbouring countries to democratically work together, in cooperation and in peace, for the common goals of prosperity and security with respect for human rights, there is no better example on planet earth.

If the world’s countries were aligned in the same way as EU countries, then we’d have a more peaceful world.

But right now, we don’t even have a more peaceful continent. War is raging in Europe in a way we’d hope to have consigned to the past.

However – there is no war between EU countries.

That’s the astonishing achievement of the EU project, that was started for this simple but noble goal: to prevent war between countries that always used to war with each other.

That’s why, in 2012, the EU won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to, “transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace”.

But “most of Europe” is not all of Europe. We still have war on our continent.

What’s the answer? It should be obvious. It’s the EU. More European countries joining the EU means more peace, not less.

If ALL European countries were in the EU, then we could transform ALL of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.

Membership of the EU is open to any European country which respects the inherent values of the EU, as laid down by the Treaty of the European Union (TEU).

The EU values include, “respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.”

Before becoming a member, a country has to demonstrate that it has a stable government guaranteeing:

“democracy, the rule of law, human rights, respect for and protection of minorities, the existence of a functioning market economy, and the capacity to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the Union.”

Furthermore, unlike the Soviet or Nazi regimes, which conquered and consumed countries of our continent, European nations applying to join the EU don’t do so fearing the loss of their national identities and cultures, quite the opposite.

Indeed, the motto of the European Union is:

“United in diversity”

This signifies how European countries voluntarily come together, in the form of the EU, to work for peace and prosperity, while at the same time being enriched by the continent’s many different cultures, traditions and languages.

If we want peace in Europe, we need to give 100% support to the EU project.

Yes, that means Ukraine being welcome as a member. And that means the UK being welcome as a returning member.

Maybe one day even Russia could be welcome as a member, if its people can dump its dictatorship and embrace the valiant values of the EU: democracy, human rights, human dignity, equality, good governance, a functioning market economy, and the rule of law.

If we want peace in Europe, we need a united Europe. The EU is the way to do it.

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