As political tension continues to fester on the European continent, it has not come without consequences. As problems seem to continue to outnumber solutions, Europeans have grown tired of failure and the systems that lie overhead. In fact, according to survey by Friends of Europe, Europeans have become so critical of the current political paradigm that half of Europeans view the EU as an “irrelevant” project.
“49 percent of Europeans view the EU as an ‘irrelevant’ project, with grievances around the lack of transparency and anger at EU leaders ‘not focusing on the things people care about,’” reports Express. Perhaps even more telling of the perspective of Europeans is how “nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of EU citizens questioned do not think life would be any worse without the bloc.”
Europeans have lost faith in the current established political union of their countries. Citizens have repeatedly voiced their growing concerns for the current and future state of their culture and society. However, by the voice of the people, EU leaders are “not focusing on the things people care about.”
These leaders are disengaged with the will of the people, and perhaps expectantly view the EU in an entirely different light. The message sent by Europeans in this survey “runs counter to the message put out by the EU themselves, with the foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini claiming that the world would not survive without the bloc,” Express reports.
The foreign policy chief said earlier this week, “Close your eyes and imagine for one moment the European Union disappeared from the global scene right now. The world would simply collapse”.
The Friends of Europe think tank that conducted the survey is partially funded by the EU, thus should not be misconstrued with a motive to damage its reputation. Every EU member-state took part in the survey, and more than 11,000 people were questioned.