In a letter to the citizens of Europe, writes the president of the French republic Emmanuel Macron to the continent has not been in as great a danger since the second world war. When Britain leaves the EU is losing one of its most important member states, and ahead of the european Elections is growing authoritarian parties stronger, notes of Macros. The EU member states turns inward just when you need to look outward in order to respond to climate change, aggressive powers in the world, and economic uncertainty.
the Macrons analysis of Europe's problems are impeccable. There are also a few commendable suggestions in his letter. The external border controls need to be strengthened in order to maintain the confidence of the free movement within Europe. Common rules for the reception of asylum seekers and the deportation and closer defence cooperation were also positive.
the Cost of such särkrav always falls on ordinary taxpayers and consumers, who will pay for more expensive and inferior products. It is, above all, low-income people – who spend a greater proportion of their income on food, clothing and other goods that become cheaper and better, thanks to international competition – that would be the hardest hit by such barriers.
of Macros would also like to see a Europe that is based ”more on convergence than on competition”. He therefore advocates a social protection that ensures workers have the same salary on the same work area and a european minimum wage, adapted to each country and are adjusted annually. The model that has worked successfully in Sweden, where wages and conditions are set by free negotiation between the social partners, rather than legislation, are completely.
To try to mold all european labour markets in the same form would also curb the eastern european countries välståndsresa. This despite the fact that östeuropéers mobility brought significant benefits to the richer EU countries, and for those who come to work here.
at the same time, have Macros made arrangements incentive for a serious discussion on the future of Europe, where even the swedes have to make themselves heard. Swedish politicians a vision for a Europe where business can thrive and create jobs, where free trade can be a wealth-creating force and where open society is more than just an empty concept? It is in this case the high time to present the vision, before the whole of Europe will become as dysfunctional as France.