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    Bursting at the Seams: Eurosceptic Forces Rip European Union Apart

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    Centrifugal forces are increasingly pulling the European Union apart after a recent wave of elections brought politicians skeptical of Brussels to power in Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and Finland, according to an opinion piece published by the Deutsche Welle.

    "Even the most stubborn romantics have finally understood that the European Union is in serious trouble, which is likely to become deeper in the coming months," Bernd Riegert said.

    There is no lack of examples. This month, Eurosceptic Andrzej Duda secured a surprising victory over the incumbent president in what some view as a major signal of a possible shift in Poland's political landscape in the coming parliamentary elections.

    The United Kingdom pledged to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union following the May 7 general elections. UK Prime Minister David Cameron also promised to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 to let voters decide whether the country should remain part of the European bloc.

    Then there is Greece that is still trying to reach an agreement with a group of international lenders to unlock bailout money that would help Athens save the country's struggling economy and avoid leaving the Eurozone, or Grexit.

    If these tensions do not seem to be worrying enough, keep in mind that eurosceptics are also on the rise in Spain, Portugal and Hungary, Riegert noted.

    While discontent with the European integration is mounting, champions of the union, including Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and to a certain extent France, are acting like nothing is happening.

    "Following existing policies will not be enough. Centrifugal force has picked up the momentum," Riegert warned.

    There is no obvious solution to this problem since bloc members seem to have conflicting goals but their worries are justified and should not be ignored.

    Some see their nations losing power to supranational institutions. Others are concerned with unconstrained movement of people and the ever increasing wave of immigration.

    There are also those that consider the EU institutions to be inefficient in terms of how they spend and allocate money and resources.

    Although something should be done to address these concerns, it is unlikely to happen. "We should not expect any fundamental EU reforms, which would suit the UK, Spain, Greece, Poland and Germany. The most probable scenario is the following: current policies will stay," Riegert said.

    In the meantime, the European Union will wait for the next presidential election in France, slated for 2017. Should France choose a Eurosceptic as its leader, "the existence of a community, which grew and expanded for six decades, will come to an end," the journalist said.


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