As the number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants surges in the UK, so does antagonism towards the EU all across Europe. France is even more Eurosceptic than Britain according to a Pew survey, at a 41% approval rate, in contrast to the UK approval rate of 43%. Sir Andrew Green of the MigrationWatch estimates that migration from both Romania and Bulgaria will reach 50000 per annum, and the number of migrants from both countries has grown by 14000 a year since they joined. Migrants from the Balkan nations have already taken nearly a third of seasonal farm jobs. In a time of suppressed wages and high youth unemployment, it is no wonder that frustration at the EU is boiling over.
Meanwhile, in Iceland the two parties that came in the lead in their recent parliamentary elections, the Independence Party and Progressive Party, which together won more than half the share of votes, are highly sceptical of the EU, reflecting the discomfort many Icelanders feel about joining the countries application to join the EU. According to The Economist, even in Germany a Eurosceptic party, Alternative fȕr Deutschland, is becoming the anti-establishment voice that is disrupting the consensus. The narrative is being repeated everywhere, but the Eurocrats are not following the plot.
The fanatical devotion of EU technocrats and the pro-Europe political class to the EU project, does little more than reflect their contempt for the political will and desires of the increasingly frustrated and ignored share of the European citizenry. The economic disparities between Member States inflict a burden on jobs, wages, and social services to a degree that many find increasingly intolerable. The people of Europe have realised that they have little to gain from a monetary or political union, and the disadvantages outweigh whatever the benefits the political classes imagine or peddle the existence of.