The EU has many urgent needs. A mission to Mars is not one of them. Greece may need another bailout. The EU is trying to form an army. There is massive illegal immigration. Many EU states have terrifyingly large deficits. The PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) still suffer from massive unemployment. Among the young this is beyond massive. We need to turn to green energy.
The USA already has missions to Mars. It is wasteful for the United States too. There is no need for the EU to copy such profligacy. It is part of the EU’s small man syndrome. The European Union often tries and fails to rival the United States.
The EU is better than the USA in terms of dealing with poverty and providing healthcare. We have a far lower murder rate and a better human rights situation. Why do EU fanatics feel impelled to take on the US in space? Let the United States splurge money on vainglorious NASA programmes. There is no evidence of life on Mars. If there were very useful minerals on Mars it might be worth it.
This mission to Mars is grossly wasteful. Even if we could find something useful there it is not necessary that we go now. We could wait years until our economy is in healthier shape. To do so now is terrible folly. It is symptomatic of the EU’s childish megalomania. The improvidence of this project is scandalous. We need to husband out scarce resources and not squander them on ostentation. It is partly about building a European identity.
We could spend more on NATO so we would provide a realistic deterrent to Russia invading the Baltic republics.