Unique to its form of regionalism, the European Union has been a cohesive political and economic unit for the larger part of its existence. It serves as the only “Economic Union” in the world. Such deep rooted integration has had its benefits, as well as seen turbulent times. The previous couple of years are indicative of these very turbulent times as nascent conflicts surface.
The European Commission though plans to ensure consolidation amidst diversifying opinions in the region. Stances on immigration and the euro crisis on two opposing ends of the spectrum have emerged within European nations. To mitigate the surfacing of such hardline positions, the European Commission came together for a summit on March 25, 2017. The summit reinforced European integration and reiterated the need for cooperation aligned with the European values inclusive of: