I have done a lot of reading of "Europe this" and "Europe that" In reality? It's nothing like that. I have seen very little desire from other Europeans to help each others. Very different from Americans who help each others from Honolulu to Caribou. I also have never seen anything from EU with proposals to actually help lift the living standards of all Europeans.
What I am talking about is the colossal wage disparity between two sides of the continent. Such disparity is, if it actually existed, unacceptable in the USA. There are only two states with this problem in the US and they are Mississippi and West Virginia. Right now, Eastern Europe is one big West Virginia, technically speaking.
A Europe is about culture, friendship and so forth. It is also about Europeans earning reasonable wages to support their family. The colossal wage disparity between Western Europe and Eastern Europe is preventing the continent from getting on equal footing with the rest of the world, including China and the United States. Europe will soon be outpaced in GDP, and quite possibly, in wages too, if Europe continues to ignore Eastern Europeans.
We see exploitative practices by Western Europeans everyday. A lot of foreign Western European companies set up shop in my country. They do it not because they want to help us by giving us wages they give their employees in Germany or France but to exploit our workers by paying us $200 a month to work in a substandard factory. How can we see moves by W. European countries who set up shop in E. Europe as brotherly if they exploit our workers?
So, ask yourself, do you support a Europe where everyone is considered equal by having a continent-wide minimum wage of €8/hour? Additionally, everyone should be afforded the opportunity to either work 40 hour a week (full time) or 20 hours a week (part time). No more, no less except overtimes when needed. A continent-wide pension system should also be implemented. Everyone should have a small tax deducted from their payroll to support this system. All working Europeans should be able to tap into this when they reach the continent-wide retirement age of 65 (for both men and women) in addition to their company pension.
I want to see a fair Europe where all Europeans can earn the same basic wage affording us the opportunity to earn the same living standards no matter what side of the continent you're on. The question is... do you?