DW: How much longer, EU? – The world

Just because of its credibility, the EU should abolish the change of weather that is again coming on the night from Saturday to Sunday. It is high time, after three years of counseling and empty promises, Bernd Riegert believes.

On the night from Saturday to Sunday, the entire EU moves the clocks back one hour and switches from summer to winter, ie normal time calculation. In 2018, EU citizens decided in an online survey that the time shift should be abolished every six months. The European Commission and the European Parliament agreed.

Only the Council of the EU, ie the representation of the 27 member states, since the first consultations in 2019, failed to reach an agreement in that regard. Angela Merkel and her colleagues in the European Council ignored that issue, emphasizing that Brexit, climate protection, the corona and other important topics should be addressed first.

Poor excuse, considering that this is ultimately about the will of the citizens and that before the European elections in 2019, it was promised that the unpopular and unnecessary change of weather in March and October would be abolished. Well, that shouldn’t be a problem, ordinary mortals would think, who don’t want to deal with the depths of the EU bureaucracy and the confusion of member states’ interests.

Some countries would like summer time to remain forever, others do not give up on winter time. Some think that it is getting too late, and others think that it is getting dark too soon. Tables with the duration of sunshine, the times of its rising and setting are always re-analyzed. Concerned, they point out that, geographically, the whole of France actually belongs to another, more western time zone, and Poland more to the east.

Some MEPs predict total chaos with time and the end of the common European market if each country makes its own decision to change the time. This is, of course, nonsense, because the single calculation of time in the EU has existed only since 2002. And before that, the continent functioned solidly.

The awkward debate over a simple issue shows the EU’s basic problems, also when it comes to major issues such as the corona, climate protection, China and the rule of law in Poland: in essence, member states set the direction. If only one or two countries oppose, nothing works anymore.

So, there is no dictatorial central government in Brussels that could decide on such a simple thing as changing the time. It takes time and compromises, a lot of time, to reach a solution.

From the outside, that complex beauty of the EU watch is disturbing, almost catastrophic. A community that, after three years of debate, is unable to agree on time, wants to play an important role in the world, in foreign policy, and to be a leader? Funny! The change of time in the night from Saturday to Sunday should be the last.

Which is to say, all in good time. The time will come when the EU Council will have to solve this nebula for which it is responsible.

Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.

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