Nobody seems happy with the European Union these days. Eurosceptics are perennially unhappy with what they believe to be an elite-led project lacking popular support and legitimacy. Supporters of the EU are inclined to agree, though they might add that the issue is rather that European governance is too weak, a problem exacerbated by the selfishness and short-sightedness of national governments.
Whether arguing for ‘More Europe’ or ‘Less Europe’, the one thing that most people can agree on is that today’s Europe is struggling. From the lethargic economy, to chronically high unemployment, to mountains of public debt, to the ongoing refugee crisis, there seems to be no end to the challenges facing the continent.
Can the European Union be changed? Some believe that there isn’t enough political capital to do anything but ‘tinker around the edges’, sticking to the current treaties and implementing small changes. But has a fundamental reform of the EU become unavoidable? For example, is the Schengen system of passport-free travel (which seems to be on life support in many countries) just going to wither away in the face of the refugee crisis without a major shake-up?
Is the European Union broken beyond repair? Or can the EU be fixed? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!