Opinion (George Friedman, American political scientist and author and former chief intelligence officer): “There are many American views of Europe, but my view is that the EU has failed, but there is no clear alternative.And we see the failure in the immigration issue, which we do not regard as a major issue because it is less than 0.5% of population shift, but Europe cannot make a decision on how to handle it.
“This is not an unmanageable problem. You can decide not to let anyone in, and then you take measures to prevent that, or you decide to integrate them and you do certain things to make that happen. It is Europe’s inability to make a decision that is, from the American point of view, the most problematic….
“I don’t see Europe collapsing. I don’t think there is a will to vote it out of existence. I don’t think there is a will to change it. There is a will to ignore it….
“The EU will exist, and will happily sink into irrelevance.”
My Comment: I’m pleased to see that my opinion which I voiced 20 years ago is confirmed today: Any unification without preparatory education won’t stand a chance and will fall apart. Unification is necessary, but it is possible only if the society is ready for it. Meanwhile, the American capitalism greedily destroys old, naive Europe.