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JN in Australia cancelled his subscription to EUobserver towards the end of 2015.

"I am cancelling my subscription today, because I find it depressing to read every day how the EU is gradually disintegrating," he wrote.

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"Once I found the EU’s evolution and trajectory inspirational. Alas, that ethos has vanished, because its policy makers keep on trying to “please everybody” instead of fulfilling the dreams of its founders . . . JN"

How true. How sad.

We discussed his message at our next editorial meeting.

How does it affect our readership and ourselves to be in the business of disseminating bad news from Brussels?

How can the situation be changed, and by whom?

Propaganda is clearly not the answer. As Open Society's Jordi Vaquer put it at a recent conference on how to rebuild trust in Europe: "Propaganda always backfires, sooner or later."

There is only one thing to do: The EU must improve.

Institutions must deliver better results in return for the sovereign powers they have been entrusted with, work harder and provide a better service for European citizens.

People look to Brussels for answers to big problems, but the lack of solutions in 2015 has been almost inversely proportional with the number of summits held.

EUobserver will continue to report on the EU exactly as it is - good or bad. But let's hope there will be better news to report in 2016.

And perhaps JN in Australia will then return as a subscriber.

That would be a good sign.

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