When I think of what I have associated with Europa, the first thing that comes to my mind is Germany. Because for now, this is the only country I have visited from the European Union. I had a dream before the project to visit Germany, I read a lot and watched documentaries. But when I found out that I was going to a project in Germany, my happiness knew no bounds. But, a pandemic began, and everyone’s life changed. It’s hard for someone, for someone it’s very hard. Pandemic, this is a crisis. Both economic and emotional. There are already many articles on how to get yourself out of an emotional crisis, but what to do with the European economy?
In a government statement in the Bundestag on Thursday, Merkel made it clear how much, from her point of view, was at stake. The pandemic and its consequences are the biggest problem in the history of the European Union, it is a question of its cohesion and solidarity, as well as the need to resist the radical forces that are counting on schism and fear. “The expectations from the German presidency of the Council are high,” the politician emphasized.
Since its inception in 1952, the EU founders have confused concepts. So today there is the European Council and the Council of the European Union. The first is the body of the heads of state and government of the EU, which establishes the main strategy. The latter denotes councils of ministers who are involved in legislation and coordinate the policies of 27 countries. At the same time, the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, has no relation to the EU. This is an independent international organization, which includes 47 states.
The post of permanent chairman of the Council of the EU was introduced on the basis of the Lisbon Treaty in 2007. The current chairman is the Belgian Charles Michel. He presides over meetings of heads of state and government, i.e. at the summits. The presidency of the European Council previously changed every six months. During Germany’s presidency of the Council in 2007, Merkel was responsible for hosting the summits.
In her government statement, Merkel said that it was not just about overcoming the economic downturn. The European economy should become more modern, green and digital, so that in the future, good jobs will be provided. The Chairmanship’s motto is: “Together. Make Europe strong again.” From the point of view of diplomats, success would be to ensure that by the end of the year there would be cohesion of the EU and the domestic market, as well as a more or less soft end to brexit.
It is clear that now big moments are being entrusted to Germany and its economy. This country is on the 4th place in terms of living. I am glad that during my project, the country and the lands are supported by young people and freelancer. I have friends with artists who earned freelance money before the pandemic. They paid taxes and painted portraits to order, and cartoons. But, with a pandemic, difficult times came for them. And I was surprised that the state paid him 9 thousand euros as a private entrepreneur for support. It was enough, just send the data, they process your application, check that you are really a freelancer. And money comes to you. I have little idea of this in Ukraine or Russia. This is not real, the state is there, not ready to do anything for the residents. Because a very high level of corruption. This is very sad, I'm glad that in Germany it is not. And what kind of internship will Germany help Europe get out of the crisis.
The economic situation of the countries of Europe is very important for each volunteer of the ESC. Because, for everyone, the project will either end soon or have already ended. And in most cases we will have to return to our homeland, as if this would not be desirable. But have to. And it seems to me that not many will find the strength to return to Germany and work fully. All this confusion with a pandemic and quarantine, very much affects the study of the German language. I arrived with the level of German A1, in order to work I need at least B2. For the year when you work, and actively participate in various third-party "projects in the project", you get tired and you do not have time to learn a second language. This is a very laborious process. Therefore, in fact, I think that at the end of the project, everyone comes out with German one level higher. Yes, there are people who manage to combine everything, but for me personally it is very difficult. So, you will return to your country. and wake up a job of interest. Without experience, they will not take you anywhere, and you will have to look for something more modest. And modest is all small business in Europe. And where you will go to small business when the crisis has come, everything will be a fact still closed or function very limited. It turns out to be a vicious circle for the volunteer. You are at a crossroad, as I am now. And you don’t know what awaits you and what to do with it, and it’s a little scary.