Throughout history, the European realm has undergone many changes in political structure. From the rise and fall of the Roman Empire to its present-day globalized environment, there have certainly been challenges that have stood in the way of this latest evolution. Many fail to realize that Europe is once again in the process of undergoing significant changes as supra nationalism is practiced in both core and peripheral countries. While this transition has presented unique challenges, the many benefits have encouraged the endurance of this type of political structure.
The overall thoughts citizens of the countries within the European Union regarding a government system in which power is distributed amongst member nations vary depending on what area is being discussed. As primary regions, core countries such as France and Germany are more powerful than others within the Union, and this in itself works to their advantage. The implementation of supranationalism in these powerful regions in this day and age has opened up many areas in which the European Union can collaborate economically in an organized and effective manner. With the instantaneous capability to keep in touch with others in the Union, a monumental breakthrough to quickly and efficiently make sound economic decisions between all member countries has arisen.
While these benefits are obviously accelerating the European Union’s ability to co function, some feel that its emergence has caused a loss in national identity. With the increase in wealth and power in core countries such as those mentioned comes a correspondent increase in immigration. In addition, core countries are also more likely to become influenced by television and other sources of entertainment featuring an array of Western ideals and practices. Because of this, many native residents feel as though they are losing their national identity. For example, in France, 33 percent of the songs played on the radio are in English.
Although immigration and the convergence of Western culture have re-shaped the society of many core countries, their unique landmarks and sites forever capture their particular attributes. Cultures have changed throughout history, and natives must be able to adapt to change in order to keep up the pace with the rest of the world in this new technological age.
Peripheral countries such as Romania or Bulgaria face their own sets of advantages and challenges as a result of supranationalism. Many of these countries are poor, and the citizens have suffered under adverse living conditions for years. Through the joint efforts made with more successful core countries, resources are more readily accessible. While the core countries may posses a higher level of power, supranationalism within the European Union has allowed peripheral countries the chance to collaborate their economies in order to keep up with those around them, and this is unique to a government run under supranationalism.
Globalization has brought with it obvious dangers to the environments of every area of the world. Many in the rural areas of peripheral countries are dependent on farming, and the proactive steps being taken through supranationalism such as the maintenance of lakes and rainforests, have been successful in preserving nature. Not only does this impact those in peripheral countries but also those in core countries who enjoy the dietary products they are able to purchase.
In addition, smaller peripheral countries are able to enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that they are secure, and larger countries experience less conflict. This is largely resultant of the fact that, with shared border responsibilities, countries are better able to secure their boundaries, and this has likely caused all countries in the European Union to avoid unnecessary conflict through the years.
One of the most common arguments made by those in the less-influencial peripheral countries is the fact that power tends to concentrate in core states, and some countries are said to have joined the Union only because they felt it was the only way they could survive. They would prefer to govern themselves; unfortunately, they often cannot do so effectively. While the loss of a degree of power can initially seem demeaning, the improved quality of life that derives from the instruction of a larger country is often worth the trade.
As a United States citizen, grasping the complexities of supranationalism has caused me to think outside the box and consider the conflicting viewpoints that are associated with this form of government. While Republicans and Democrats battle in our great nation, it is only logical that the European Union has their own challenges. Advances being made are to be expected. Over the centuries, we have seen that area of the world collaborate, and history has a way of repeating itself. Although the Roman Empire has long fallen, it seems to be resurrecting into a new and improved societal stage that was not set in the past. In the world of computers and Internet, most of our daily activities have been significantly advanced, and many are curious to see how the union of that region works out this time around.
The Roman Empire was lost due in a large part to poor leadership. It will be interesting to see how the addition of technology and the easy way in which human beings can now spread ideas will impact what is now known as the European Union. Technology may be the glue that is able to hold them together this time, and, with effective communication, supra nationalism in the European Union can be a success