I understand you seek to enhance your powers, both by deepening the EU integration and extending it to new territories. What is our obligation to finance either? None at all. If you wish to support the thuggish regime in Ukraine, you may send your own money to Kiev. We do not intend to escalate the conflict, though.
As far as it concerns the high level of youth unemployment among many EU member states, it's a sad story of economic mismanagement. However, it's governments of the particular states who should be held responsible for the high unemployment rates in their respective countries.
Take France for example. The French labour law (Code du travail) spreads through 3,400 pages. Its table of contents alone is this long.
To be sure, a sound economy cannot work under such administrative and legal burden. We are not speaking about France only; Spain, Italy and many other countries are similar cases.
If you genuinely wish to alleviate the unemployment, look beyond the EU borders to the prosperous confederation of Switzerland. Even during the challenging period of the recent economic recession, Swiss unemployment rate has never exceeded 4.5 percent; it's 3.2, according to the most recent figures. Why is that?
Switzerland has no “Code du travail” as such. The law concerning employment is dispersed among other laws and the total number of articles is about 200 (compared to 4,000 in France.) Wages are usually set according to collective contracts with unions (which are traditionally employer-friendly.) A Swiss employer can hire and fire workers at will.
So it's that simple, dear Herman. You won't waste our money in Ukraine; and if you sincerely help the unemployed in the EU, just look at Switzerland.