As an Irishman, I must say I am pro Europe, federalist at that, but i do feel the EU government needs reforming, just like the UK government or Irish government does
People tend to forget what caused the EU: WWII, look at the destruction its caused, its amazing Europe recovered so quickly at all!
People were starving
Sound like Africa?
European integration saved Europe, but once it was started, there was no going back; its quite complicated, but if the UK left the EU tommorow, could you imagine the economic collapse?
Regarding the Euro; i agree with it, but unfortunately the necessary eurofederal structures were not in place
Look at Greece!
the EU didnt meddle enough in countries like Ireland's affairs, and look what happened
Sure we'll pay the debt back, but Greece? chance in hell
TBH, i wish Ireland was still iin the UK, but its things like your (in general) insularity that put me off
I dont get why you are anti-Europe, but you can push for REFORM
I'd like to see the EU take over issues like Military and Foreign Affairs, raise its own taxes etc
But that would need a directly elected President who would appoint a cabinet (of MEPs perhaps) and who would be similar to the US president; a powerful parliament and a senate to represent each state/country
I dont think the UK could handle that
At the moment
And CAP subsidises your food imports from Ireland (or would you have preferred us poor?), tho its broken