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Is the European Political System broken?

April 29, 2016

Since the outbreak of the Financial Crisis in 2007, despite the serious threats and difficulties that the European Union had to face, the integrity of the European Political System survived and Member States were able to start their paths towards the conclusion of the financial crisis in the Eurozone.                               

However, nowadays the European Union is not threatened anymore by a financial crisis, such as the one that had previously hit the stability of the single market, but on the contrary, a political crisis has just emerged among the European political institutions and their European citizens.                 

Specifically, it has become even more apparent in Europe, the creation of a huge gap in trust between the European people and their European institutions. In particular, this lack of trust has assumed different forms in the last decade that are strongly connected to the level of education and information among the several layers of the European people, or namely, between informed and uninformed people.

 

Among informed people, the lack of trust in the European project is strictly correlated with the awareness of a long-lasting inertia within European institutions towards a project of stronger political integration among Member States. Specifically, the plan of the United States of Europe seems to have been forgotten by the politicians working at the European Parliament and the European Commission. Moreover, given the current necessity of stronger security across the boards in Europe, the people of Europe are less convinced about a political system that not only seems to ignore the benefits coming from a true political union of Member States but, most importantly, whose actions are not concrete and effective to guarantee social security.

 

On the contrary, among uninformed people, the lack of trust is more accounted to the lack of European sentiment which is, most of the times, exploited by eager politicians to promote negative publicity for Europe and hence, attract votes for themselves in their national elections. Indeed, the ideology spread by many extreme movements in Europe has been mostly related to the idea of the “winner takes all”, or namely the prospective that the strongest dominates everything in Europe and the weakest player receives what is left out.

 

Having identified the elements of the current disease within the European Union, a question naturally arises:                                                                                                                                           

 

 “What’s the next step to cure a political system that seems to be irrevocably broken?”

The only current distribution channel in Europe is the political system of the European Member States, but unfortunately, this tool has not been correctly used by politicians which prefer to misuse it in order to tear Europe apart through movements of extremism and populism.

Consequently, the only real solution appears to be the necessity of a brand new ideology capable of bringing people and Member States together, as they previously did after the end of the World War II. This mindset will not only aim in strengthening the basis of this Union but also saving it from dreadful nightmares such as terrorism and populism.  

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