Depending on where you live in Europe, May 8th is two different holidays.
you live in countries of the former Soviet Union like Russia and
Ukraine, or in the United Kingdom which was a victorious allied
power, it's VG Day: A day to celebrate defeating the Nazis during
you live in EU nations like Germany, France, Italy, and the Benelux
region it's called Europe Day: In recognition of the 1950 Schuman
Declaration, which promotes peace in Western Europe.
as united as Europe is during the 21st Century after the
Cold War, it's starting to crack.
point to BREXIT, the Greek Financial Crisis, Nationalism gaining
traction in France, Poland, and Germany, and the Syrian Migrant
Crisis as cracks in the Pan-European visage of unity and combined
now in 2022, as Russia invades Ukraine, the EU has struggled to place
sanctions on Russia due to a Unanimous Voting Rule.
to the Single Europe Act of 1986 and it's 2009 Amendment: “The EU
(Previously the EEC) must have all member nations vote unanimously in favor of proposed legislation(s) for them to become laws that apply to
the EU as a whole and not the individual member”.
European countries who are in the EU like Hungary, the Balkans, the
Baltic States, Romania, and Moldova have refused to vote on new
sanctions either because they're pro-Putin, want to remain neutral to
avoid counter legislation or an attack from the Kremlin, or simply
cannot afford Moscow shutting off the oil and energy being delivered
to their country.
bloc of EU members has stopped many sanctions being approved, much to
the anger of nations like France, Germany, Ireland, and Poland.
president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Eu
Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen have all commented that
the Single Europe Act is now obsolete, and that new rules concerning
voting need to be made.
propose adopting a majority vote system like the United States uses,
but many counter this by showing evidence that it leads to
“Retroactive One-Party Rule” caused by party loyalty.
tech-minded members say that an random number generator (RNG) could
be used to both get rid of unanimous voting and prevent bias
deliberated by party loyalty, but this has also been shot down as
critics say that: “It would turn Brussels into a EU sized casino”.
states like Italy and the Czech Republic have proposed that getting
rid of the Single Europe Act isn't necessary, and diminishing the
voting powers of certain EU nations (AKA Hungary) would solve the
prime minister Victor Orban has been accused of holding the EU
sanctions effort hostage, as the pro-Putin Orban doesn't wish to
loose favor with the Russian despot.
Hungary as mentioned previously isn't the only one not in favor of
this situation proves, keeping 27 countries together when your
proposed sanctions threatens multiple members is easier said than