The European Union has faced many challenges in its history — from rejection of the E.U. constitution in 2005, to threatened cuts in Russian natural gas in 2006 and 2009, to years of financial and economic turmoil, to the current refugee crisis.
All of these tests have one thing in common: The turbulence wasn’t caused by the European Union itself. This is especially true in today’s refugee crisis.
We are left to deal with symptoms of a world that is globalizing rapidly and making citizens anxious. The world won’t adapt to Europe, so Europe must adapt to the world.