Ever since the European Union was formed after the Second World War in 1958 under the erstwhile name of European Economic Community (ECC), it has been adding nations to its bloc. It remains a large and credible political and economic bloc that is powerful across the world in securing favourable multilateral deals with other blocs and individual nations (Lehne, 2012). Although the EU started with an intention to create a single market, interdependent and free of regional disintegration, the amount of disparities have remained a concern for the bloc and still continue to this day (Friedman, 2017). All efforts of integrating a differently abled and different-in-adapting nation shall always chase the inequalities and disparities that exist and shall continue to exist, even if the EU claims it so. This paper argues that there can never be a unity of subjective individuals and nations that are helplessly different in culture, socio-economic status, and living with polarised conceptions and worldviews.
This essay investigates the type of forces acting behind the disparities prominent in the EU, review the extent of disparities, present and analyse the actual disparities between nations and within nations, analyse the reasons of disparities and the underlying political and economic influence, followed by a conclusive statement.
The recent impact of terrorism has much more to contribute over polarised views about accepting and accommodating asylum seekers. Accepting is a challenge because each nation’s ability to individually deal with problems and offer equal status to external citizens when their own citizens are treated unequally, resistance is obvious (Salter, 2010). Terrorist attacks committed by refugees give more reason to reject them than to accept, in that the protectionism and the right wing ideologies are gaining strength against liberalism and left wing thoughts. Terrorism, apart from globalization, capitalism, and immigration policy approach, is a large contributor toward the lengthening of disparities within the EU. The rift starts when there is inequitable distribution and existence of pre-EU disparities in terms of natural and financial resources, and aspects of education, infrastructure, and the likes (Costello and Mouzourakis, 2016). When there is complete imbalance of resources available to face a similar kind of disaster, there is bound to be severe discomfort within nations’ about the inability of some and enhanced ability of others.
Thus, integration measures have gone disarray, and are replaced by protectionist measures trying to secure individual status of nationalism.