The purpose of the creation of the European Union needs to be considered when trying to determine what it might be missing. This is the best way to figure out what, if anything, has not been achieved. By deciding what hasn’t been done, it is easier to work out what is needed.

Due to the fact that I consider some equality to be part of the purpose of the creation of the European Union, I think this is something that is needed as it doesn’t appear to currently exist. There seems to be a large disparity between the countries of the European Union in terms of several aspects of everyday life, which is evidenced from news reports and direct conversations with those affected.

While I understand that some autonomy is necessary for the countries who are members of the European Union, I find the massive differences quite difficult to understand. Where a country’s rate of unemployment far exceeds that of Great Britain – so much so that the citizens are leaving the country en mass to find work elsewhere – it makes you wonder what has failed to cause this to occur.

Even worse is where the country’s finances are so bad that they seem to be on the verge of bankruptcy and, accordingly, the country’s citizens have to suffer. It is not a situation I would expect of a developed country and it begs the question of what are the politicians of that country doing with their time. It suggests that there is possibly a need for some lessons on financial management as the actions taken by some countries doesn’t make sense for the well-being of its citizens.

Of course, when many different people are required to work together, there is more than likely to be a difference of opinion. However, this does not explain why a country would ever be in a position of not having sufficient money to sustain itself.

With the vast differences that exist between the member countries, I would suggest that the word ‘union’ within the name seems to be something of a misnomer. A link between the manner in which the member countries operate is missing from the European Union.