The people in these countries would be happy with that?
This is not a good idea.
All these countries would loose their individual cultures.
They should, instead, elect officials that would get them OUT of the EU as fast as possible.
I firmly believe that the Polish cabinet was killed in the plane crash by nefarious means, because Poland was considering NOT entering the EU. They have a good economy and this would be a step toward poverty. The EU would bleed them dry.
The people in all these other countries should take a good look at what happens when different cultures that don’t necessarily have the same motivations come together in to a quagmire. They may want to think about this some more and maybe take baby steps to proceed. I don’t see bigger as being better when it comes to Europe. They do much better as individual countries. But then again, the times they are a changing, and staying small in a place that doesn’t offer any alternative to the EU may be even WORSE. There are many issues here, but I’m sure that the will of the PEOPLE (the commoners- as they call them), in other words me and those like me, won’t be a factor. The slaves of the countries are the toilers and the task masters float above us, where we only see their shadows. They allow us to see only their silhouettes. Unless, we, ourselves find the strength to rise and walk out of the cave, will we ever see the reality of those shadow creatures. Only then, can we expect to have a face to face and exchange ideas. But will it be ideas that are the only things exchanged? Who fears that most? The slave or the silhouettes?
Greater Switzerland just might take off:
The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) floated the idea in June but only now has submitted a draft proposal calling for necessary changes to the constitution to make the enlargement possible. The regions in question are the German state of Baden Württemberg, French departments Alsace, Savoy, Jura and Ain, Italian provinces Aosta, Como, Varese and Bozen and the Austrian province of Vorarlberg.
If the SVP plan were implemented, Switzerland’s population would increase by 17 million (it currently stands at 7 million) with Stuttgart becoming its largest city. “We should facilitate integration of these regions which are suffering under the rule of the European political class that has no interest in them whatsoever. Their citizens have been looking jealously at our self-governing state and long for a democracy with human face”, explain SVP politicians.
The Swiss authorities have not commented on the proposal which nevertheless caused much glee in the German embassy in Bern. Its employees are said to have been wondering when the Swiss will “start demanding access to the sea”. Their good humours disappeared at seeing the results of a poll conducted by the Swiss weekly Weltwoche. It showed that 63% of nearly 1,800 German, Italian and Austrian polled living in the border regions said they were in favour of joining Switzerland. Hardly surprising considering the fact that salaries in Switzerland are much higher than in, for example, Germany and that Germans already constitute a majority of lecturers at many Swiss universities.