Solidarity within the EU remains a priority target that is ever harder to attain. The problems pertain less to the different national situation of EU states and more to the behaviour of politicians. In theory, during joint meetings everybody pleads for European solidarity as prerequisite for any kind of success. But when a wave of global economic crisis appears, as is the case now, governments forget their prior promises or commitments and adopt positions exclusively favourable to their own countries, while clearly discriminatory for others. It is precisely on such occasions that extremist parties take momentum and the anti-European current makes havoc.
One can easily notice that such contradictions are subjective and do not result from the territorial or socio-economic differences between EU countries. Precisely because of their subjectivism, some of the powerful European countries accuse others, which are less developed economically, and oppose their accession to the Schengen space, obsessively invoking an inexistent danger of massive immigration.
Concomitantly, however, the same countries organise in the accused countries job fairs meant to attract the most valuable young specialists, in professional-scientific terms. They hire these brilliant youths despite the fact that, precisely through such practices, the countries accused of being underdeveloped are deprived of the main factor of multilateral progress.
It is true that such discriminatory practices used by developed countries are also favoured by the discriminated states. How can this be? Because of the deficit of jobs in their own markets, which forces into unemployment the immense majority of youths, and even those who have this opportunity work on low wages. As a consequence, the young Romanians who win top awards in school Olympiads and other international scientific contests see themselves with no other option than emigrating to the very countries that are equivalent to sources of exploitation for Romania.
Such discriminatory practices affect not only Romania, but also other states of the EU, which are eroded by many internal contradictions. The national solidarity present in many EU member countries is often undermined by the false opposition with European solidarity, which is also the case in Romania. This determines the tragicomic positions of some local politicians who pathetically say that they are first “Europeans” and only then Romanians, if there is still room for such an identity. The error is total, hence very dangerous. A Romanian politician who ignores his roots and the ideals of the community where he originates ends in total failure. This is also the case of Romanian MEPs who voted in the European Parliament for promoting Tokes to a leading office. The same Tokes who not only today, but during his entire public career militated – also internationally – for the territorial shattering of Romania.
And there also are other sinister examples of the same kind that plead in favour of the truth, much ignored today, that the necessary European solidarity relies – first and last – on the national solidarity present in every member state of the EU. National solidarity thus is prerequisite to solidarity in the EU, these two factors are in an organic correlation, not in contradiction; there is a state of continuity, rather than an opposition. And precisely this natural state of correlation should inspire to our politicians of all orientations a feeling of solidarity at least with respect to a national strategy of development aimed at helping Romania to overcome its current condition of quasi-colony of the EU. Let’s not forget that many Romanian immigrants are accepted in the EU only for the heaviest and most difficult jobs that are categorically refused by the local population. The unemployment of their citizens is not caused by Romanian immigrants; things are rather opposite, as Romanians are stimulated to immigrate to the EU countries already ravaged by unemployment. It is precisely the fundamental right to free movement across the continent, provided by the laws of the EU, that obliges our ruling politicians to show solidarity in securing a superior professional status to the young generations of Romanians, thus sheltering them from the discrimination they are subject to nowadays in Western countries.
The first urgent initiative in this respect is reinforcing the Romanian education system, which is in crisis today. This crisis generates absenteeism among students and, eventually, school abandonment in mass proportion. Avoidance of school, education and professionalism is on the rise between generations, and it has three causes: 1 – the closing of many schools in rural areas, which forces children to commute each day to schools in neighbour villages; 2 – the poor staffing of schools with competent teachers, their precarious libraries, laboratories and scientific facilities; 3 – the impact of high unemployment, also among highly trained specialists, makes parents lose confidence in the social benefits resulting from knowledge, thus encouraging them to channel their children toward other “professions,” more “profitable,” even if they are illegal or immoral. This is the main cause of the collapse present throughout the Romanian education system, which poses a high risk for Romania’s unity and stability, for its access, with full rights, to European structures. Solving this issue is urgent and imperative, because the complete integration of Romania in the EU can only be achieved through export of intelligence.
Unfortunately, solidarity in Romania suffers not only in terms of education deficit. It is also associated with the collapse of the medical situation. Romania occupies a painful top place in the EU in general mortality, which excludes the demographic equilibrium. The average life expectancy in Romania is under that of the EU precisely because we occupy a painful top place in the incidence of child mortality, cardiovascular and kidney diseases, diabetes, tuberculosis, even AIDS. We also are first in the EU in the incidence of uterine cancer: 6 women succumb each day to this illness. Also because, these years, patients are often compelled to procuring the needed medicines and medical materials on their own. Meanwhile, public finances reach the undergrounds of shady businesses.
And the imperative of national solidarity does not result only from the crisis of education and medical sectors; it is dictated by the entire future of Romania.