A business proposition in terms of expanding the EU's financial global muscle so they can compete with other super powers such as the US, Russia and other new emerging Asian powers is one thing
I believe this will eventually benefit all E.U. countries for that exact reason just because it was beneficial for the original six does not necessarily mean it is not a symbiotic relationship and driven by everybody's self interest (which I think is a better reason than any pretense of altruism).
pricing the average Pole out of the housing market
I'm not exactly sure what you mean could you elaborate?
Comparatively very few foreigners live here so speculators are not the real issue now and most first time buyers in any country can't buy in the major cities for supply and demand reasons.
which is a fundamental necessity for happy living is completely another cup of tea.
I am not going to argue the elusiveness of happiness but first time average Polish people can afford to get on the property ladder in the urban areas but I hate (and I do not use that word lightly) that both parents must work (I feel like I am getting off topic here but it needed a mention).
Polish people have, for their recent history, not trusted the system (and banks) because of their history and it was totally impossible before the E.U. for the average Pole to buy anything with such high unemployment (45% in some urban areas).
I fail to see how the property explosion witnessed in Poland can be a positive thing for the EU or indeed for the average Polish person.
The first casualty of War is Truth.
The average anywho was never given a second thought. it's a business.
Armani, Christian Dior, Gucci, Versace don't think about the possible "positive effect" their business has on the manufacturers and distributors, it's all about the consumer. (I recommend No Logo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Logo)So far
I believe it is better for us E.U. members to be together than not to be.
I was shocked and indignant at the Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To The European Union for 2012 (listen to the sighs of objection the second it is announced and how he explains it).
I believe that mutually beneficial business is the way forward for peace.
We (the Poles) have been colonized
we in the East needed West to colonize us.
I don't know what time it is where you are in the U.S.A but it's a Saturday night there too and I am not looking for a fight as I find this particular topic interesting.
But calling it a colonisation is wrong on practically every level and really does not help me understand the situation but your input is good because I see the E.U. in some ways very much like the U.S.
Hopefully we too will have federal law and state law, so that our people can better express their democratic opinions (state law) while combating organised crime (federal law or a better INTERPOL?).