A BRITISH professor has warned the European Union is still in peril of splitting apart, despite growing talk of a resurgence after recent votes across the continent.
The academic from King’s College London has predicted “chaos will return” to the European Union, despite Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron’s attempt to relaunch the European project.
Professor Anand Menon rubbished the belief that Europe has unified since the French election.
He said the German and French partnership had only offered hopeful words but had not actually changed anything.
Growing splits are already showing in the EU, following the disarray in Greece several years ago and distance growing between Hungary and Poland and the Brussels elite.
This week, the EU summit in Brussels agreed to greater cooperation on defence and intelligence following the threat of terror.
However, little progress was made on how to handle the migration crisis or consensus on the future direction of the European project.
Speaking to the Voice of America, Professor Menon, who is a part of the UK in a Changing Europe project, said: “The Eurozone is growing again. So all that looks good.”
THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS FACING THE EU – WHETHER IT’S THE MIGRATION CRISIS, THE EUROZONE CRISIS OR THE DEMOCRATIC BACKSLIDING IN HUNGARY AND POLAND ARE NO NEARER BEING RESOLVED THAN LAST YEAR – AND THEY WILL COME BACK AGAIN – PROFESSOR ANAND MENON
He warned: “But what I would say is that the fundamental, deeper, structural problems facing the EU – whether it’s the migration crisis, the eurozone crisis or the democratic backsliding in Hungary and Poland are no nearer being resolved than last year – and they will come back again.”
The EU is taking legal action against Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic for refusing to accept refugee quotas.
On top of this, Mr Macron wants a treaty change in the European Union – something that other nations have called unacceptable. – Express
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