THE EUROPEAN Union “will not survive as it is” and will eventually be ripped apart by deep divisions over immigration, multiculturalism and the future of the EU project, a political analyst has warned.
Irreconcilable differences over these issues will provide the catalyst for a major shakeup in Brussels as voters in member states begin to back “anti-migration forces”, Bill Ravotti said. The political commentator, who was a Republican nominee for US Congress in 1996 and 1998, claimed a new political group championed by Italy and supported by groups in Hungary and Poland, would slowly shift the balance of power in the European Parliament and eventually herald a major change. Speaking to Russian state media outlet Sputnik, he said: “In the long run, with such conflicting values and bitter differences between regions, we do not think the EU superstate will survive as it is.
“We have no timetables, but believe the future will consist of smaller, less-intrusive regional alliances that better reflect the values and beliefs of its people.”
Mr Ravotti’s prediction for the future of the EU comes a day after Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said Italy and Poland should join forces to reshape Europe through a new eurosceptic alliance.
Mr Salvini is hoping to drum up support for the new political bloc to contest the upcoming elections for the European Parliament.
The eurosceptic governments in Rome and Warsaw are both eager to repatriate some EU powers from Brussels to national capitals and hope like-minded parties will do well in the May ballots.
Speaking at a press conference alongside Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski, Mr Salvini said: "Poland and Italy will be part of the new spring of Europe, the renaissance of European values.”