In only 3 years [2010-13] approval of the EU from nations such as Greece and Spain have halved. It’s a bit of a sombre way to start an article but hey, I didn’t come up with these figures. It’s the world we live in.
Only a few months ago in the Greek Elections, Golden Dawn, a Neo Nazi party, won over 6% of the vote, and with the Communist Party making steady gains as well, this reflects a much larger and worrying trend that is currently taking place in Europe. Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism are rising, and as economic security among some EU states are all but stable, this has led to a rise in support for radicalism both for the left and right, most notably in the form of Syriza [Greece] and Podemos [Spain] on the far left, and the National Front [France] on the far right. Traditionally, this hasn’t been good, and there is nothing to suggest that it’s going to be good this time either.
By no means do I advocate a more federalised Europe. I don’t think that would work. The fears people have that this may happen are already becoming clear in the UK where the incumbent Conservative party plans on scrapping the Human Rights act and replacing it with a British Bill of Rights. Nations should have autonomy and preserve national identity. A radically reformed EU that does not decisively compromise the sovereignty of its members seems to be the pragmatic solution. And one I hope materialises, because the free movement of peoples and diversity in Europe is what I feel really is something people should be proud. I hope there’s a compulsion among politicians in Europe to negotiate and broker a continued membership because I feel that the disintegration of the EU broadly speaking will result in the collapse cordial relations with other nations. Surely this can be averted while continuing to stay in the Union?
Love it or loathe it, the EU is at serious risk of crumbling and this will further be accentuated if the UK vote to leave in the 2017 referendum. These are exciting yet chaotic times in the world of European Politics.
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