The European Migration Crisis, which started in 2015, has resulted in immense socio-political ramifications on the continent, threatening EU solidarity in face of the influx of refugees. However, despite numerous agreements, past and present, intended to protect and safeguard refugee rights, a reconciliation of member states’ polarising stances remains elusive. Therefore, ensuring that refugees are accorded dignified treatment while addressing multiple concerns of the European population is key to demonstrating the collective political will of member states and the EU’s ability to uphold the very principles it is founded on.
Amidst growing American isolationism and Russian/Chinese security threats, the need for a strong collective EU defence has never been greater, as most notably manifest in the Franco-German alliance calling for a Common European Army. However, EU member states are also intensely divided over the nature and extent of defence cooperation, with issues of the preservation of national sovereignty and intricacies of political alliances severely diminishing the possibility of a constructive consensus. Therefore, member states will not only have to project their stances but also seek avenues of compromise in order to ensure military, economic, and cyber defence in an increasingly volatile global security landscape.
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