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Category: European Politics

With a long history of nation states, and the current tight-knit unity that is trending amongst many countries in the region, the politics of Europe is often a lot more detailed and complicated compared to other continents.

Iconic historical events, a well as its geography, economy and culture are all factors which contribute to the ever-changing political make up of Europe. But undoubtedly, the core resides in the dominating European Union.

After the Cold War ended, the borders of the EU expanded to include former communist countries. Now, as of 2017, this unit comprises 28 member states.

Identifying as a single entity, the EU has the largest economy in the world, with a recorded nominal GDP of over US$19 trillion dollars in 2017.

And yet, there is a regular chink in this economical armour: The Euro.

This unified form of currency has, in the past, created ripple effects of economic woe in the 19 countries which use it.

Just like a network of computers, if one user opens a virus, others are vulnerable.

And, with the EU evolving past being a primarily economic unit and into a more political one, such a design for cross-country-relations makes every parliamentary decision all the more important.

With the expansion of the EU comes an increase in its capabilities. Many policy areas fall within the competence of the union. This means political power has risen upwards from the individual member states to the overarching EU cloud.

Now, more than ever before, co-operation regarding common defence and foreign policy is looking ideal for Europe. They want to maintain a strong front in spite of the highly volatile political climate.

But despite its legitimacy as a strategy, there is still some resistance towards further development of the EU as a political system. One needs to look no further than the Brexit to see this resistance at its most severe.

With political agendas, trade agreements and international relationships constantly shifting across the globe, Australia is always susceptible to after-effects. As we rely on our allies and strong trade ties with Europe, any disruption in the EU politics will be felt on our golden soil.

Of course, this means we must be constantly weary of changes that occur in all parts of the world.

If you’re wanting to stay up to date with the trajectory of our European friends, scroll down and check out all the articles we have on their ever-shifting political movements.