Brussels and politicians are probably two of the most feared words these days in Portugal. Brussels is always synonym of bad news, bad policies, mother of all the evil… And politicians… well… they are the ones imposing those bad things.
Poor Brussels! The greyish city I have ever met. Although that shouldn’t be reason enough to take all the blames for the work of the EU institutions. People got used to say simply Brussels whereas that mean the European Council, the European Commission or the European Parliament. By doing that it´s not only the city that is negatively affected, it’s also our perception of who is really political responsible for doing what is at stake.
The same goes for the politicians when we treat them as whole. As every generalistic concept this is far from being true. For each policie that ones are trying to improve there are always several others that are trying to prevent it from happening, and some others trying to bargain to see who shall they support in order to profit.
This confusion perpetuates itself and by doing it keeps on growing. It can only be stopped and reversed by giving the citizens the chance to form their thinking on real basis, with real facts, with information. Only then they can evaluate the facts in a clear and proper way.
This space will try to be a step further on that path, by open the doors to the office of a politician in Brussels and through them to the European Parliament.