EU Rules On Unanimous Voting Deemed "Obsolete"

Depending on where you live in Europe, May 8th is two different holidays.

If 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 WW2.

If 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.

But as united as Europe is during the 21st Century after the Cold War, it's starting to crack.

Many 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 strength.

But now in 2022, as Russia invades Ukraine, the EU has struggled to place sanctions on Russia due to a Unanimous Voting Rule.

According 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”.

Eastern 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.

This bloc of EU members has stopped many sanctions being approved, much to the anger of nations like France, Germany, Ireland, and Poland.

French 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.

Many 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.

More 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”.

Member 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 problem.

Hungarian 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.

But Hungary as mentioned previously isn't the only one not in favor of these sanctions.

As this situation proves, keeping 27 countries together when your proposed sanctions threatens multiple members is easier said than done.

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