The European Union was born from an economic treaty that expanded its influence to the political sphere: from this resulted the present union of nations (with its independent governmental infrastructure) and a government capable of forcing regulations on its member states.
The EU is an amalgamation of cultures that has done little to create a truly unified identity, failing in reaching the sensibility of its European citizens. The most recent crises it suffered (the 2008 economic crisis and the refugee crisis of 2015) only came to worsen the public opinion and ingrain the mistrust and fear that already existed.
2016 witnessed the ascension of a ‘Nationalist wave’ across Europe, fed by the lack of transparency of the European Union and its increasingly weak relationship with its people. What can be done to change this course?