After serious consideration, I have decided to write about the EU-membership. Since the EU was first started, there have been many discussions around this particular theme. This is one of the reasons why I have turned to it in my essay. I think the different parts of the discussion of why Norway should be a member, are very engaging, and there are many good arguments coming from both sides. For the many members who can join the EU-membership, including Norway, the membership is considered to have many positive consequences.
The EU’s expansion into Norway will make an increased competition for the Norwegian economic life and trade, but it will also cause an expansion of the market we know today. The positive consequences of the expansion is partially tied up with a joint regulation wich will cause stabile boundaries for each of the parts it involves. The Norwegian fishmarket will benefit in many ways because of the increased spending power. However, the downside is that the membership will not secure the fishtrade interests.
Another thing we have to take into concideration is that the Norwegian economic life can suffer of a suppression from the other members. It is said that EU is a democracy, but when the many interest-parts want’s to benefit from the membership, it can swiftly cause problems for a country like Norway. A country with not so large population as other countries, but with much more potentially/real resources. Such a suppression can easily cause a crack of the Norwegian market. Joining the EU will also come with many commitments.
That I am not sure the of people of Norway are capable of handling. A part of the countries that can or has joined the EU, are very pour and this causes economical commitments towards them. On the long run, the helpers may benefit of the development of these countries, but in what degree is not sure. Suppression of the countries outside EU, will defenitely cause disputes, and maybe also bring out extremists groups. EU was started because certain countries wanted to make a kind of a union, to prevent further wars in the European continent.
In my opinion, EU has changed their point of view, and likes the idea of a large democracy built upon many other democracies. The EU is starting to look more like a superpower in development, it is getting larger and larger, and the question is; Will the the EU go so far to put the remaining countries outside the EU under a forced membership? I don’t think the step will go so far, but the ever growing “union” will faster and faster develop a economically and psychological advantages.
The EU can grow so large that the other superpowers in the world may begin to think of the EU as a threath. When a union grows so large, with so many important countries involved, they can easily lose face and be concidered to be a threath to another powerful superpower’s economy. Also, a democracy built upon so many countries and interests, will fall easier. There are many good reasons for joining the EU, but I think there are just as many on not to.
Deciding a country’s future like this is very hard, and I can therefore understand the cleavage that has come to show in this discussion. The whole thing is so confusing, and it is hard to see the consequences, that is also why I haven’t decided which side I am on. One thing is certain, Norway has got to make a choice, and then we have to decide if dare to bet on this, or to lock ourself in, and fight for our resources. As my final point, I would like to direct attention to the fragileness of the EU. It is like a house of cards, if you remove one of the cards, the house will fall.