I’ve noticed a trend recently where Romanians have been upset and offended that “outsiders”, including German chancellor Merkel, various EU chiefs and EU members of parliament have been criticizing Romania. A lot of Romanians also don’t like it when the “foreign” press publish sharply critical articles either.
Uh… do you remember January 1, 2008? Because I sure fucking do. It’s when Romania became a full member of the European Union. Do you not remember this? Do you not understand what being a member MEANS? Because it’s not just billions of euros worth of free money (pave the streets! Renovate the park!). It doesn’t just mean unrestricted travel (no passport to go to London!) and it doesn’t mean more goods in the supermarket (yay my favorite French cheese!).
Guess what, dumb ass? It means you are in a legally binding union with the rest of the EU. It means that their laws have power over you. It means that you agreed to play by their rules. And it damn sure means that they have the right to make comments about how you are running your government.
If that’s too difficult for you to understand, pretend like the EU is a “country”. Well Romania is just one “judet” and Bruxelles is the capital of this “country”. Do you understand now? Romania isn’t on the moon, completely isolated and independent anymore. Nor is this the bad old Warsaw Pact communist days. This is a voluntary union. Maybe you forgot that word even though it’s in the title – European Union. Union means together. You signed up for this and you’re now united with the rest of Europe.
They have the RIGHT to talk about you and decide things about you. And guess what else? You get to vote at their summit meetings and you get to send deputies to the EU parliament and vote there too. It’s a two-way street. You get to “stick your nose” in their business and make sure they’re following the rules too. They’re not “outsiders”. You are all in this together.
Quit being so goddamn arrogant as to think only Romanians have a right to involve themselves in Romania’s business!