In the blog “Do we want a 'one voice' Europe?” Alex Singleton discusses Bush’s travels around Europe this past week. Alex refers to an article by Timothy Garton Ash that was published in Today’s Guardian. Ash believes that Europe needs to become unified and have one voice. Singleton disagrees with the idea as do I.
It is good for each European Country to have its own voice. It allows each of them to have a say in what is going to happen. If there is disagreement between the 25 countries that make up the EU shouldn’t they all be heard?
Europe is not the United States of America. It isn’t one country. Each country has its own ideas, values and norms. Thinking that all of Europe should be one voice is like saying all of North America should have one voice. Do you think that would fly with the Canadians and Mexicans?
The competition between European Countries allows the U.S. and other countries to obtain lower prices on European goods. It also helps the EU economy because it gives them more bargaining power. Lower material prices will increase production and GDP will rise.