We all know how to get the worse hangover. You mix too many drinks throughout the night, you don’t eat enough and you forget about your past mistakes with alcohol. The next day you wake up with a headache and think that you have no future and just as well stay in bed. Everyone at the party last night remember you but not for any good (though you did bring free drinks to the party for everyone).
This is the European Union. Going back in history it seems like the European Union keeps having hangovers and never really knows how to prevent them. You mix beers, wine and spirits, the European Union travels between Brussels and Strasbourg – stay in one place. The rest just makes you unpopular.
You don’t eat enough. The European Union “eats up” a lot of countries but don’t give time to digest them. In its attempt to grow in size and influence, the European Union has forgot to integrate the countries in a proper pace.
You forgot past mistakes. So does the European Union and more importantly, the media remembers everything. In Denmark we have had several referendums about joining the Euro but it seems that they have never waited until it had full support. Too many elections (especially failed elections) just give a bad hangover. Britain’s arrogance in 1950 meant that they failed to join the Schuman Plan in time and therefore they were not able to influence the framework of the ECSC. Today Britain is still standing on the outside screaming at the European Union instead of working together with it. France’s (or more de Gaulle’s) nationalism almost broke the European Union in the first 15 years and today we still see that countries forgets that it is the European UNION.
The last big party that went wrong was the European treaty and though Ireland is trying to recover it seems to me that they will go out and drink again before they are fully ready which will give even worse hangovers. It would be interesting to see if the European Union is ready for the big party in June 2009 when the election is. I am afraid though that Europe will wake up with the biggest hangovers in its history. How to cure this? You would go and eat fast food, but the politicians have no solution. I will over the next few months give you some of my solutions. I will be the fast food of Europe’s hangovers.