Globalization & European Union: politics shaping culture or the other way round?


56e2eb80e0bd6f4847b812f75775588f--surrealism-painting-map-artWhen we are exploring how to build resilient structures around integration, the cultural side is always the main challenge. We could make the parallel at global level; globalization brought a magnificent opportunity to unite individuals and societies but also demanding one culture that standardize habits, under a strong tool represented by a smart technology on  the framework of   the 4th industrial revolution. Unification of habits, products and communications tend to create a one and unique culture at global and European level.

However, a new reactionary wave has arisen, pushing for keeping a status quo of isolationism. Brexit is the sign that shows that the European Union is going through a new stage in which the big challenges are not just global crises but internal division. Even if the responsibility relies on political leaders it leaves exposure the weakness of European institutions. On their aim to create a better and stronger framework to develop an European culture it has forgotten that there are not managing well enough citizens engagement. The European Parliament does not necessary represents a real view of citizens concerns and their engagement is not being properly updated to the new challenges. Its imperative to hold initiatives more focused on a “direct democracy” that allows European citizens to get the feeling of empowerment.

The European institutions are supposed to create a framework to develop cultural patterns but when there are going through crises are not strong enough to lead and guide citizens in this process, leaving room for new movements that tend to break with this initiatives. Is it clear for me that the European Union is it meant to be a cultural project however, because of a wrong institutional/leadership vision its being transformed into a complex interconnection of different cultures that -although together- moves without strength to become resilient towards global crises. It´s so that we need to use more efficiently those tools -legal and practical- for the service of a renewed Union… especially after Brexit.

The policies around borders seem to be one of the best examples that show the need for a renewed focus in order to consider a better integration. It´s important to help refugees and migrants and at the same time to address a smart management of national/European interests, if not we generate another crisis: exceed our capabilities and resources. To preserve Europe´s identity there is a need to hold responsible the entire international community of the devastating impact of the global migration crisis. The challenge: assure safety by keeping regional cultural diversity under humanitarian standards of solidarity.

The imbalanced power of politics is definitely creating an impact on the ambitious goal of building a global culture. The path towards the standardization of habits that the business world and the tech world are trying to boost, is being undermined by surprising initiatives that tend to isolate, nationalize and go back to a world divided in different cultures with no will for interconnection.

This threaten situation seems to become more obvious in US where minority groups fight with each other through extremist positions without giving room for just one national culture. Is it not only the anti-integration position of the government but also the lack of will for integration that is undermining any attempt for cohesion. Is it impossible to achieve a global goal if there is not even a sense of Union on national values within the country.

An anti-global focus –including the one for those minority groups considered vulnerable- could destroy not only a cultural union but also the possibility of moving forward towards a global resilient project that gives the framework for becoming multicultural sustainable.

Is politics really representing people´s interests? Are people claiming for those type of changes?

In the case of UK, Brexit shows clearly that politics does not represent their interests but there are faithful in their idea to follow leaders ´goals even without an alternative model and a complete failure in the negotiation process. Which goes directly to the goal of our article: there is a break on national culture that furthered more diversification of groups; “one against the other”. Not just diverse interests or approaches to get to the same goal within an efficient national political-economic-financial system in the context of a global world -and its crises-.

Politics are shaping culture and transform it into isolated parcels of individuals and Nations however, without erasing the global context that impacts their economies and development. A contradiction that only the “good and balanced” leadership and a strong institutional framework would change.

A reshaped focus of multicultural political approaches is the safe and solid path for an effective political joint action.



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