Yes, I agree - this subject isn't anybodies piece of cake. Yet, you should try and listen a few minutes only to get the hang of this theme: tax treaties to "sponsor" big money and forget about the people. That is what's going on in the world and much more.
By now you know my stance. True national interest for the benefit of people and culture is (at least in Europe) subordinated to a fully imaginary "collective" interest in a "unity" of (still) independent nation-states that in fact is based on cultural quicksand and on archaic Christian convictions only. Minorities rule, not majorities. Political coalitions are nothing more than a hodgepodge of fanciful thoughts that often result in irrational (see example below) or misleading policies, only serving to keep certain ideological factions in power assisted by their vast, but for the major part superfluous and thus costly bureaucracies. The result we do see in today's Europe, which is run by a clique of self-proclaimed 'professional politicians' (why are there elections when people have no free choice but a 'menu-list' to choose from, one wonders?), who -in the 7 years of the 'Euro-Crisis'- weren't able to produce one single, working solution for the countries involved. In contrary: making things from bad to worse on a nearly daily basis.
In the meantime over 12.2% of the (dwindling!) workers in the "euro-zone" find themselves unemployed. In Greece 62.5% and Spain 56.4% of the (well-educated) youth can't find work. A tremendous lot of political hot-air is vented about how to correct only that single aspect of political and economic mismanagement. Hot air with a lot of 'symbolism'... Then, offering 5.000 German "Lehrstellen" (apprenticeships) per year to a selected group out of about 1+ million unemployed Spanish youngsters is but a drop on a hot plate or even less so (calculate the percentage). What would these youngsters being taught? Are the old-fashioned, mostly heavy-industry oriented professions from Germany adequate for agricultural and services-providing modern Spain? Are they being taught to become Spain's next generation entrepreneurs?! Of course not! Or is Germany only attempting to "steal" youngsters to fill up the gap caused by its rapidly dwindling indigenous population? By doing this 'favour' to Spain it is able to maintain a majority in European politics based on the number of inhabitants (a reason to be very cautious with anti-immigration pub talk)! Zero information I can get about these questions. I am very sure however that this 'apprenticeship solution' won't work for Spain or Greece at all! These countries are "sucked dry" from their young and promising populations that are badly needed to establish new small businesses and create more employment. This kind of 'mobility' could get dire consequences.
Now let's take a look at Okun's Law to understand the dire effect and what politicians try to "sell to the public" as an appropriate solution! Under the existing situation it would take Spain next to 25 years to permanently solve its current deep, multi-faceted crisis. The outlook would be quite different if Spain left the Euro-Zone (but not the European trade association) and/or introduced a new, somewhat floating currency next to the Euro (€ only for pan-European trade, like the former ECU). That way it could easily half the recovery time at hardly any extra expense. That claimed: it would indeed turn the clock back some 14 years to start over again.
I hear many asking themselves: "why do we need the blatant incompetence of these 'professionals', their old-fashioned party-convictions in times of Facebook and individualization of society, their lip-service providing bureaucracies and its and associated 'vested interests' and nepotism?"
How to get rid of that seems the easy part, from elections to civil disobedience. Leaving unanswered what should come next (the difficult part). Given the fact that Europe -in general- is 'run' on undemocratic principles protecting some influential, but rather 'covert' groups (see movie), some basic fundamentals of running a nation-state have to be changed. A priori though, the chaotic mix of existing vested global interests need not contain much of our desired priorities. However, well-informed (which we aren't at all) certain aspects that are heavily criticized today could prove to be useful after all! What do we see as a result of the out-of-control administrative chaos, apart from surprisingly 'leaked' secrets, murky policies and irrational decisions: a confused directive about olive oil on tables in restaurants, to name but one (here is a different example related to internal communications in Brussels - be advised that explicit words are used). Olive oil? A real "concern of importance" for Euro-parliamentarians. I rub my eyes! This brings to light a vast gap between illusive policies, regulations and common sense realities! Do we need this? Who do these people think they are and what we are - their illiterate slaves perhaps?
Only broad and widespread ridicule (!) of this directive, a true farce, in the media caused it to be withdrawn. Talking about political competence or better rather: harassment in times we only need solutions.
How ingenious but corrupted this well over 300 years old, church-based, 'system of governance' has become, is exposed by Lee Sheppard. She addresses a global problem that harms free enterprise and the interest of you and me. Therefore it would be time well-spent to listen a few minutes to her.