With populism rising throughout Europe, more and more questions are being asked about the longevity of the EU.

General strike in Barcelona. After the violent repression of the Spanish Police, people occupied the street to defend their right to vote for the Referendum for Independence. Barcelona, October 2017

Citizens are rioting and causing political mayhem for the European Union leaders throughout the continent, triggered by the disappointment in the Euro-centric positions being held and pushed by such politicians as French president Emmanuel Macron.

It would seem the usual complaints are generalised around the extreme poverty that has been induced by the EU’s regulations and disparity between what are very different economies. One of the fundamental problems with the EU is that there are many different economies linked together that function in completely different ways.

For example, the German monetary policy is directly linked with Italy’s because they share the same currency. This is counter intuitive because they cannot follow a policy that is consistent with each of that countries needs.

Many populist politicians are speaking out against the bloc and claim that the EU’s business regulations have become a racket which only exist to maintain market share in an otherwise dwindling European economy.

An example of this would be that of the diesel omissions scandal which began in September 2015 in a bid to create demand and boost exports of German and French diesel cars.

 

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The euro is too high for most of the EU, especially for the peripheral countries such as Greece, which creates excessively tighter financial conditions in an economy that’s stagnating and relies on a lower Euro to drive more tourism.

The stronger Euro has affected many micro economies, especially those that rely heavily on tourism.

Over a million Catalans attended a rally in Barcelona to call for the independence of Catalonia. They chanted “the streets and independence will be ours.” This crisis errupted in 2017 when the Catalan independence referendum result was rejected by the Spanish government, led at the time by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. This issue has remained a sore topic and is to this day a democratic thorn in the EU’s side.

Many Catalan officials claimed that this was a political issue, whilst the Spanish Government (backed by the European Union) argued it was a legal issue. With the power residing in the EU’s favour, arrest warrants were issued and many Catalan officials were arrested or fled their country.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Barcelona after former Catalan President Carlos Puigdemont was picked up “in exile” and arrested in Germany.

Some officials from Eastern European countries such as Serbia have claimed that the European Central Bank policy is depreciating their currency in order to push them to join the Euro. Indeed, the rate of inflation is so high in countries on the EU’s periphery that in order to buy a new pair of shoes in Serbia for example, this will take up half of the average monthly salary, which equates to a monthly income of around 400EUR. No surprise then, that many Serbians are finding work elsewhere in other EU nation states just to get by.

 

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Structurally the EU has problems that otherwise do not apply to other developed economies and most world growth is in fact forecast to come from outside Europe leading some countries pondering their chances outside of the economic bloc.

In the United Kingdom, 17.4 million citizens voted to leave the bloc in what was coined as “the biggest democratic vote in the history of the UK”

The UK is the 5th largest economy in the world and the impact of Britain leaving could be devastating to the EU’s fiscal development.

Over three years later and the UK still has not been able to cut away from the bloc. It is unlikely that the EU will ever give the UK a lucrative release, perhaps in order to ensure other nation states do not follow suit.

When the UK voted to join the EEC (EU) back in 1973, the British people generally voted to join a trading partnership, certainly not a political union.

Since then, the EU have created their own national flag, introduced a national anthem and are now pushing for a European Army. In other words, the UK joined the EU to play cricket and halfway through the EU decided to start playing football. The dramatically unreported (In the UK) switch to become a political union has become the EU’s downfall, which manifested largely without the consent of the British people.

 

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The EU release a lot of tax payers money to Charities such as Media Action, which is owned by the largest broadcasting network in the world, the British Broadcasting Network (BBC). They also donate regularly to R&D projects that the BBC develop.

Today, many people on social media platforms such as Twitter accuse the BBC of bias towards the EU and say the vast monies they receive is spent on pro EU news and programmes to quite literally “programme” the minds and sentiments of the many.

France have been involved in what is looking like a revolution style civil war, yet nobody seems to be reporting on it.

The French Police have been caught on camera numerous times battering helpless citizens with their batons, kicking and punching people on the floor and filmed spraying mace directly in a group of protesters faces as they peacefully linked arms in unity.

These riots have been getting increasingly more violent and are predicted to get considerably worse, yet the mainstream media have largely ignored the brutalities that Macron’s forces are committing upon its own people for daring to go against President Macron and the EU superstate policies he champions.

The mass protests and offensive tactics from the French Police have been an ongoing back and forth theme for several months, however, the mainstream Media and the European Union have kept completely quiet about it which brings into question the whole integrity of the political union.

It is clear that the EU is showing some cracks in its democracy, the question is how big of an impact will it have?

 

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