BRUSSELS – The year 2015 kicked off with Lithuania adopting the euro, an auspicious event for the European Union (EU). Now, all three Baltic States have adopted the single European currency, enlarging the eurozone to 19 members and demonstrating that the euro, which faced difficulty surviving the debt crisis, has not yet lost its centripetal force. Launched last year, the new EU regime led by European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, is expected to reduce the sense of distrust of the EU that is spreading among Europeans and bring a new vigor to united Europe. However, the 28 EU member states continue to face the challenge of how to maintain the “unity” required for a “union.”
The first factor behind the struggle for maintaining unity is the issue of Greece, which was supposed to have put out the flames of its financial crisis.