Residents Of Austria Petition Their Government to Leave the European Union

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Over 20 years after the formation of the European Union, many residents of Europe are beginning to realize that the union is not in their best interests and that their governments have given them nothing but empty promises. European countries have found themselves deeper in debt and in worse economic situations than they were in prior to the creation of the union.

By: John Vibes

This article originally appeared at the AntiMedia.

The idea of an integrated economic and political system spanning the entire continent has become unpopular, and in different European countries, people are beginning to speak out to demand a decentralization of power.

In Austria, residents have recently launched a petition demanding that their government leave the European Union for the sake of their economy. The petition will need to gain 100,000 signatures by July 1 in order to be considered by the national parliament.

66-year-old translator, Inge Rauscher, started the campaign to disassociate from the massive continental government because he believes they do not share the same values as Austrians.

We want to go back to a neutral and peace-loving Austria, ” Rauscher said.

“We are not any longer a sovereign state in the European Union. Over 80 percent of all essential legislation is being imposed by Brussels, not by elected commissioners. In our view, Europe is not a democracy. The European Parliament does not even have legislative powers,” Rauscher told Sputnik Radio.

This initiative is open for all political parties and we expect a broad support. This is proved by our numerous conversations with the citizens over the past month,” he added.

Austria is not the only country to consider leaving the European Union recently. In the face of a debt crisis, residents of Greece have also been calling for an exit to the extra layer of government control. In Italy last month, a petition with 200,000 signatures called for the country to exit the European Union.

This article originally appeared at the AntiMedia.