European Union collapsing state by state

Thursday, February 19, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Is the European Union dissolving before our eyes? A number of geopolitical observers and experts seem to think so, mostly because of crumbling economies and political divergence.

Founded Nov. 1, 1993, in Maastricht, Netherlands, as a sort of “United States of Europe,” the EU was established as a near-continent-wide confederation of nations into a universal economic zone, facilitating the free “movement of goods, services, people and money,” according to an EU history posted here. The euro was created as the EU’s standard currency and, for a decade, economic, security and defense matters were consolidated.

But today, wrote Bruno Waterfield of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, trust in the EU, coupled with lingering economic stagnation, strain caused by immigration policy and political shifts within EU member nations, the continent-wide confederation is in danger of collapsing, one nation at a time.

Waterfield noted:

Europe is being swept by a wave of popular disenchantment and revolt against mainstream political parties and the European Union.

In 2007, a majority of Europeans – 52 per cent – trusted the EU. That level of trust has now fallen to a third.

So much for austerity

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