The flags are flying high.
Today is Europe Day. Fifty years ago the European union concept was born.
But not everyone is celebrating. Manz Europeans feel pessimistic about the future.
The eurozone crisis seems to be getting worse.
Greece is struggling to pay for its €110 billion bailout. Last Friday reports suggested the country might leave the single currency.
Pascal Delwit from the Free University of Brussels said: “There is a feeling of pessimism, that is more than before because we are regularly and commonly presented as a ‘has been’ continent when we’re looking to the rise of China, India and even across Brazil, Argentina, Mexico.”
As well as the state of the Euro, EU countries continue to clash over social policies, including immigration and humanitarian response.
European Commissioner for Education, Androulla Vassiliou, said: “It’s a project, we all go together, so we have to support each other, and there is no way forward without solidarity.”
The Euro casts a shadow over the vision of unity as tensions between the northern countries and the south continue to worsen.