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Timm Amstein

Student , TU Dresden

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Do you want a united Europe?

Dear Europeans,

I want to take the opportunity to ask the question, all our politicians should have asked. Do you want Europe? I mean not as a union of many sovereign states! Instead I mean a united Europe. Many people are talking about it. The media sometimes use it to scare, sometimes to inpire people. Is the dream of Europe, that is dreamed by many politicians really the dream of the people? I personally think a Europe build by the people is the only way to restore our reputation and our future. In my opinion, we should start a national assembly right away and build something the world hasn't seen before. It maybe take us 10 years, but sooner or later we have to start if we don't want our future shattered by old politicians who are obsessed with their power. What do you think?

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    Jun 20 2013: A quick wrap up for everybody, who is interested what the outcome of this dicussion was.

    Sadly, i must say that the general opinion is slightly negative. The reason for that I think is the scepticism if a united europe can be created as an effective state without to much regulation and burocracy. So the real feedback was positive. Most of the europeans, who wrote, were not against the idea but didn't believed it was possible. Other problems mentioned were the dangerousness of a centralized government in connection with the immense size or that the cultural and historical differences are still too large. Our American friends reminded us that we should be careful not to take the same path as they did and that learning from History is absolutly mandatory. I think thats okay because we have to find our own way. We aren't the USA and it's not the 18th century anymore so there is clearly no blueprint to use. So we have to come up with something on our own.
    To conclude I want to say that if we would demand a poll tomorrow and ask "Europe yes or no" I think the collective answer would be NO, but not because the people don't want, but rather they don't believe it can be done properly.

    In the end I want to highlight the suggestion of Marcus Cake, who presented a very interesting approach to make it possible.
    http://is.gd/wnewn

    Thanks for taking part in this converation.

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