Published 07/01/2013 | 05:00
• Hans Zomer (Letters, January 4) writes positively that our EU presidency coincides with the European Year of the Citizen, and that we should use the year to celebrate 'people power' in delivering a fairer society.
However, it is difficult not to be sceptical about this in a union that regularly delivers the opposite to fairness – and repeatedly does not listen to the citizen. Unfairness abounds, not just in the hardships imposed on EU taxpayers, but also the unfairness of a currency that continues to devastate several European countries by preventing their growth, leading to poverty and mass unemployment in those areas, including Ireland.
We can have idealistic notions of fairness, but unless we see practical changes in how Europe works, the average person is unlikely to engage with it.