While the talk is of solidarity, clear divisions are evident.
The most recent partnership to utilize its muscles has been the gathering of seven “Southern EU Countries”, which met as of late in El Pardo Palace in Madrid, Spain.
Included the Iberian nations, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta – the gathering, meeting for the third time at any point, set out its requests saying Brussels countries needed to deal with “shared obligation and solidarity” over movement strategy – viably requiring the northern nations to pull their weight regarding both giving the back vital and taking their share of the vagrants touching base in the alliance.
Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy said a typical relocation strategy was one of the top needs for the gathering, and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni announced the seven Southern European nations share “normal geopolitical interests,” particularly as far as “vagrant streams.”
Spain’s secretary of state for the EU Jorge Toledo stated: “We’re the nations that spend the most assets… in outskirt assurance and we’re securing the fringe of the entire EU, likewise that of the Northern European nations.”
That will put the gathering on crash course with East European nations in the coalition, particularly the Visegrád nations – Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – who are much more Eurosceptic, more negative towards mass migration into the EU and against a brought together EU.
“The democratic features of the EU can only be strengthened through member states.”
He has also stated he will not participate in the proposed idea of sharing out equally the migrants that arrive across the EU countries.
Members of the Southern EU Countries meet in Madrid
Just some of the internal divisions with the European Union
Brussels’ Brexit negotiator and the former prime minister of Belgium Guy Verhofstadt has called for a strong European federation to replace the “weak, incapacitated confederation of member states we have today”.
Germany has expressed similar views with finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble calling for centralised fiscal control over national budgets.
Those advocating a close integration want a single European budget, a European treasury, a common foreign policy and a single defence force and security organisations.
Members of the Visegrad Group meet at conference in February 2016
Whilst he was the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi said: “More growth and more investment, less austerity and less bureaucracy, this is the line we have proposed for two years.”
In between the two are countries like the Netherlands whose prime minister Mark Rutte has advocated a middle way, stating in the past: This is not a time to resort to extremist thinking or to get bogged down in ideological discussions about a superstate versus nation states.
“Our focus should be on practical co-operation that will lead to a stronger and better Europe.”