There are many problems with the European Union. But that doesn’t mean the EU sucks! Quite the opposite!
The main one is that we take it for granted. Even the euro enthusiasts giving speeches during the Pulse Of Europe, even those old enough to remember the atrocities of war or the reality of divided Germany, say that they need to constantly remind themselves: the peace wasn’t always there, the free movement, free trade – that was was built quite recently, it still is being built, and it requires our effort to continue working.
“The EU is a bureaucratic monster!”
Well, it should be. It manages to connect 28 really different countries, with different legal orders, different economies, using 24 official languages and 11 currencies; plus a couple of loosely related countries (Norway, Switzerland, Vatican etc.); plus a shitload of dependent territories. What it does is amazing!