The European Union is not living up to its name. Recent elections have shown Europeans are divided on how united they want to be. This shouldn’t be too surprising; the European Union comprises cultures that are very different to each other. If you doubt this take your next mini- break in Torquay instead Tuscany. There’s nothing wrong with Torquay, it’s just not Tuscany.
Throughout the European Union there are many different groups of people, each with their own fiercely held beliefs and customs. Just because they have a common parliament it doesn’t necessarily follow that they speak with one voice. The European Union may have brought down the borders between countries in a few short years, but it may take generations for the barriers between people to fall.
In other parts of the world cracks are appearing not between but within nations. Sadly too often the process used is not the ballot box but the gun. I’d like us all to just get along, at least to the extent that people talk about the issues that are important to them. You know, get together over a good bottle of wine and really sort things out. Perhaps there should be more women in world leadership.
With the changing world landscape cartographers must be having the sort of boom they haven’t seen since Magellan set sail to see what lay beyond the edge of the map. I know that I keep a felt pen near my atlas so as to be able to create borders when new nations emerge from the ashes of civil unrest. If countries keep dividing at their current rate there will soon be over 7,237,918,325 nations, each with a seat at the UN. Mothers will soon have the choice of giving birth to not only a boy or a girl, but also a sovereign state. Of course that’s just silly, a baby can’t be sovereign state – it can’t have authority over a geographic area until it’s much older.
I’m a single woman; I’m not currently part of any enduring union. It hasn’t always been like this, there have been various accords, pacts and annexations in my past. However these all ultimately led to separations, breakaways and secessions. While there might have been heated exchanges and cold silences these divisions always ended with a degree of calm, understanding and no loss of life. I imagine that your experience, Dear Reader, was the same; unless of course you’re reading this in D-Block.
So why can’t nations, made up of people like you and me, behave similarly? The answer I believe is that our leaders are not normal people like you and me. So at the next election, vote for the ordinary unambitious person who wants to be Prime Minister. Then the World’s leaders should get together over a bottle of wine at Torquay, Tuscany or wherever.