the EUROPEAN choice, gäsp.
Radio, television, and magazines is so educational and neat they can just to keep up the interest for the elections to the EUROPEAN parliament on 26 may. But the listeners, readers, viewers respond no further to the ambitions and the knowledge is according to a government investigation very low, even among Swedish political scientists. And the EU-articles on the web is guaranteed to no klickfest.
Because all that is contained in the EU is strongly influenced by what is happening in the union, you can think about why.
the system is complicated. Representatives from 28 nations (minus the united kingdom, 27), negotiating framework, making agreements and working in the political groups from the nationalisthöger to kommunistvänster. The union has no common language, here, talking all their own wild tongue.
One other thing. There is no functioning european public sphere. No media or context in which we speak about the common european affairs. Instead, we continue to discuss, to argue, to fuss, to fuss about within their national borders. How little the Swedish politicians have to say, it is still those we care about.
But a small flash hit the bottom of my skull when I saw the british series ”the Road to the Brexit” which begins with the Greek crisis, then the refugee crisis and finally Brexit. Suddenly I could identify the power.
First you could see was not set.
the then Greek finance minister Gianis Varoufakis with his motorcycle, fancy academic cv, and a long scarf slung about his neck, that he thundered in to the eurogroup in april 2015 to speak them grips on the bailout for Greece. On the contrary. He talked and talked until Germany's finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble just turned my back to him and annoyed rolled away in his wheelchair. Varoufakis was disconnected from the negotiations and resigned as minister of finance.
the Power set not in the vicinity of England's former prime minister, David Cameron, who travelled around on tour in Europe and delivering ordpastejer intended to charm, but who, instead, became increasingly hollow and helpless in the face of the viewers ' eyes. He could game at home in the Tory, and could possibly interpret the Labour party. He knew how his british accent and mannerisms, could have the effect in the british context. But not in the EU's inner core. Where he could be destroyed during a single meeting. A lightweight and chatterbox. That in addition with its referendum booby-trapped so a trap for himself.
No, the power in the EU council president Donald Tusks studies look. Calm, reasoning and hard as flint.
as well as ”Bye bye Britain!” (both on SVT Play) where we follow the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, when he is struggling to obtain the conditions for an orderly british withdrawal, is the real nagelbitare. It has partly to do with the fact that you get vision on the power of people in their everyday lives, in the considerations, the persuasions, in the more difficult modes. How they look, how they think, personal peculiarities. The EU gets a few human faces.
A european community looks to be alluring for people is the between kungahusen. Royal weddings, baptisms and funerals is noticed in the tips of the exclusive dresses that princesses wear. This is genuine interest and dedicated media coverage. Regardless of country, regardless of language. Any democracy it is of course not speech, but the democratic deficit is a known problem also in the EU. So far, there is no system that can do democracy better than the nation-state.
the power lies not with the nation states anymore, it is just to realize. Therefore, it should be interesting to all of us what we send to the EU parliament to be with and out up the really big issues of climate, migration, finance. The big risk is that we are sumps of the chance through ignorance.