This will be a short post – a post dedicated to the birth of the European Union and its Sun Sign.
If Europe were a zodiac sign…I think that zodiac sign would be Taurus. The EU is said to be born on the 9th of May when the Sun was in Taurus and when The Schuman Declaration was presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman.
The Schuman Declaration proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, whose members would pool coal and steel production. The argument: economic solidarity between states and prevention on another such terrible war as World War II. In 1950 the war was in his final days – the nations of Europe were still struggling to overcome the devastation brought by World War II. What Robert Shuman wanted was total control on the Gun Industry in the states through a well written international treaty. The idea that he presented was accepted by France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Shuman wanted peace above all- he was a Cancer born on the 29th of June. He was twice Prime Minister of France, he was the one building post-war European and trans-Atlantic institutions. He is regarded as one of the founders of our “Taurean” European Union. Schuman had proven to be a true Cancer: protective, peace loving and always needing a secure environment. Cancer sign is also very good at procedures, instruments, way of doing the right thing. He thought that merging of economic interests would help raise standards of living and secure the climate just like a Cancer would. He was not a thinker, but a doer, an action guy. He had done the step towards a more united Europe. Oh, and remember that Cancer and Taurus are really compatible.
So how come I think that the European Union is Taurus? Well, the EU is based on the rule of law and this means that every action taken, any decision is founded on treaties. These treaties have been approved democratically by all EU member countries. Taurus is a sign of the Law and will not go beyond it. Taureans are slow and so is EU with having all these rules and regulation.
Taureans are good with money. I have read that the annual budget of the EU is €142 billion –is that a lot of money? Well,it means only 1% of the wealth generated by the EU’s member countries every year. Most of them are invested in improving the life of the EU communities and citizens.
Taureans are stubborn and because of this, they are prone to making enemies. Through the political spectrum, a body of criticism of the European Union and opposition to the process of political European integration exists: the Euroscepticism.
Please note that this entire post is only an allegory inpired by the European Union.