Wednesday, 22 July 2015

We would rather not have thought about this blog!

Everyday we wake up to images of shivering human beings trying to enter the EU.

Everyday we learn about new laws against all sorts of discrimination.

NGOs, governmental bodies and charities offer help in both cases, however limited.

The EU labour market is supposed to be fair for EU citizens.. and yet our own experience living and working in several European countries is far from being a rosy one.

Without comparing our case with those who escape tyranny, hunger and exploitation, we wonder why the question of a fair EU labour market for EU citizens is a sort of taboo in the media.

Are there EU citizens of 1st and 2nd class? Is the EU only about macroeconomic figures and big bureaucratic bodies? Can an European Union be really built without effectively enforced rights and duties for those holding European Citizenship? Is there someone truly interested in making sure the European labour market is fair? Why intra-EU migrants are often portrayed by the popular media as seeking purely better social benefits?
In the current context of growing national populism, intra-EU feeling and stagnant European economies we fear those who will pay the price of a increasingly timid EU is the women and men who, for many different personal reasons, decided to move from one EU country to another.

It is not just contradictory, but sad, than often those who dared to leave their homes, learn other EU languages, and work hard far away from those they love, are the ones paying the price of incompetent EU bureaucrats, in-debt national governments and raising xenophobia.

If it is human to provide a solution to the plights of refugees, the EU can only be saved if its citizens are not forgotten. Only a fair EU labour market for EU citizens will make the dream of European integration possible. Only by relying in its own people will the EU retain a leading role in the world stage, not only economically, but culturally.

An Italian nurse working in Prague, a Polish software developer living in Paris, a Spanish lawyer trading in the City are embodying the dream of European culture and civilization, and not a threat to anyone's life standards.

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