Solidarity in Europe – A Myth or a Reality?

  • Abstract:

    European Union as a rightful successor to the entity previously known as Europe, is essentially a project, which due to its very nature, will remain a work in progress, transiting from one challenge to the next, in pursuit of an elusive equilibrium which meets the aspirations and needs of diverse population that inhabit and thrive within its ever expanding borders. As an essential condition to the continuous existence and well-being of this voluntary Union, solidarity is intrinsic to the harmonious functioning of the society at all levels, spanning the entire spectrum – starting from an individual level to the family, local, district, regional, national & multi-national and up to the entire Union. This paper addresses the core question of whether the EU solidarity is an on-going reality which is continuously evolving or is it an accidental anomaly which strives to survive as it lurches from one crisis to the next. It is an issue, which is extremely crucial not only for the existing member nation-states but also for the nations and regions aspiring to become part of this Union. It is therefore imperative to fully comprehend the concept of solidarity and analyse if it is fully embraced by different participants within the EU, based on their respective roles and functions. This paper critically looks at the three pillars (the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary) in all member states of the European Union, at all levels, which are held together by the underlying principle of solidarity and shared common values, which safeguard and assure the position of EU structures, under all circumstances. It further highlights the extreme democratic mechanism by which each member nation-state contributes to the solidarity based on the capacity and state of its evolution, as the European Union remains a bedrock of peace and stability in the modern world.