In spite of ripples in Hungary, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic and recently Italy, along with the forthcoming exit of the United Kingdom (UK), the 28-member European Union (EU) stands as a solid political and economic entity in a twirling agitated world.
Fortified within the security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the EU offers western comfort to the continuity of democracy and to the political and economic stability and leadership of the world amid a growing policy of isolation by the Donald Trump administration in the United States (US).
Not perfect by any measure as marked by Eurosceptics in Italy, non-union sentiments in Hungary, Austria and Poland, along with a Vladimir Putin liking leadership in Czech Republic, the EU's political, economic and integration model holds borderless opportunities to the further development and prosperity of its members and as a stabilizing factor to western democracies.
The Maastricht Treaty 1993-establishment of the EU, today witnesses the union firmly anchored under the experienced global leadership of Germany's Angela Merkel and the innovation and youth of France's Emmanuel Macron. Moreover, the EU benefits from having a full contingent of elder statesmen/women from among the member-states, who possess a broad and deep knowledge of European and global affairs, thus enabling the union to maintain and to sustain a strong political, social and economic environment.
With wars in Syria and Yemen, coupled with other Middle East concerns, lurking troubles in Africa, Russian agitations and the growing isolation of the US, the EU appears even more attractive under its current stability and rationale.
As China better positions itself as a global leader, having endorsed Xi Jinping to rule beyond 2023 - affirming its own desire to continuity, then the necessity and the vitality of the EU as a western stabilizing entity, clearly emerges, especially in lieu of any historic US rational commitments to global leadership.