First and the most important thing that needs to be done to reform the EU is locking the gates for the thirldworlders, limiting the EU aid for them, and taking care of EU citizens before any others.
First, I have to say that I totally understand your resentment that under the influence of a perverted sense of political correctness, the 'western sphere' of the EU constantly appear to show much more sympathy with the suffering of the rest of the world (i.e Third World) than with the suffering of their very nearby, eastern brothers. This is a kind of utterly 'twisted' anti-racism that favours poor 'black', poor 'yellow' over poor 'white' (while secretly believes rich 'white' superior to rich 'the rest'). I believe deep in its subconsciousness the sentiment belongs to 'the Western Civilisation scheme' that tries to grab all the honour of European achievements (in all human aspects) to a certain European big players, so that the elites of those countries will preserve their power in the newly unified Europe (and of course now their new power will be much magnified). This line of thought will obviously necessitate the marginalisation of the achievements of the people of East Central Europe (the rhetoric: you guys have not contributed anything worthwhile, so just shut up and do what you are told). As not
everyone inside or outside Europe have much interest and leisure time to know something true about history or art, this marginalisation process has a primary targets at Hungary, Czech Rep, Romania and particularly Poland, whose historic (I deem not really important anymore) and humanistic (most important) pretensions are very troublesome to the intellectual 'bandits' of some Western European countries. That said, I myself as a true Third Worlder myself have of course nothing against 'blacks' or 'yellows', whom I feel a deep affinity. I just resent whenever and wherever I feel injustice happening.
Puzzler, your suggestion of totally blocking 'Third Worlders' coming to Europe is totally impossible, particularly to European leaders. I don't try to be moralistic (I detest preachers myself) but I feel that humanistic education in Europe has gone far to the point that non of those leaders would dare to pass a total block without instant protest from the majority of the population. Could you visualise the effect of such block on Europe and the world as a whole? Europe will be a prison in itself, literally, figuratively, intellectually, artistically, economically ...etc. All humane education on equality, justice, empathy... would be lost. Europeans will get first envy, then hatred from the rest of the world and they will naturally respond in kind. And the non-native Europeans (which are now completely massive in number), fostered by hatred by all sides will become European most terrible terrorists. Ergo, a grotesque dictatorship has to be established, war flares up all over the world and boom, end of history.
What Truhlei suggests is much more reasonable, boosting the economy of the Third World through aids (I think your demand that Poland and other Eastern Europeans should get more aids than the TW is very 'ungallant' and 'unPolished', even blatantly selfish). However, there are two interesting points.
-The first is that the aids has been massively inefficient. This is due to a horrible amount of social, cultural, economic, psychological factors that can not simply be solved in a short time (Russians and Poles know this too well). The only solution to it is that the talented and the willing must stay to help their homeland instead of going for good
to the Western metropolis in search for the saving of their own soul (trust me, they will NEVER find it there!) But under the enslaving influence of materialistic comsumerism of our time, to keep the talented and the willing from corruption is even harder than to keep them from going abroad. I admire and salute the few who are still resisting both of these massive temptations.
-My second point is in certain countries, the situation has become so extreme that keeping the common people at home is a most inhumane prolonged death execution. To these unfortunate people, Europe must show compassion and let them join in. A few of them, with an rather 'idealistic', 'dreamy', 'nostalgic' constitution... will never integrate and are always alienated. But the majority are practical and they will be happy with their lot. Thus exercising compassion here is a noble cause and it shows Europeans to be true with their humanistic tradition (affluence here is used justly).
I believe, Poland with its unique history of living in Three Worlds, should have known more common sense and compassion than what itself has showed.
Ps 1. I have read the article at Msn and found it very one-sided. The author tries to be nearly neutral when he mentions the Baltic-gasline but then blatantly exposes his total Polo-phobia by this statement: “Many of those who might vote against Law and Justice—and the new generation of politicians who might stand against it—have already left the country. As for those who've stayed behind, they seem unable and unlikely to redeem Poland's name in Europe.” So that two millions ‘noble’ souls have gone, leaving 36 millions imbeciles back in a hopelessly imbecile country? Disgusting!!!
Ps 2. I do think that Augustus the Strong is the worst, but then you have to reap what you sow!