The European Union (EU) has announced that it is exploring the possibility of merging with BRICS, the association of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The EU said that the merger would create a new global bloc that would enhance cooperation, trade, and development among its members.
The EU’s spokesperson, Margaritis Schinas, said that the merger was motivated by the need to adapt to the changing world order and to overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and human rights issues. He said that the EU and BRICS share common values and interests, such as democracy, multilateralism, and peace.
Schinas also said that the merger would not affect the EU’s existing relations with other partners, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and NATO. He said that the EU would remain committed to its principles and obligations, and that the merger would only enhance its role and influence in the world.
The merger proposal has been met with skepticism and criticism by some analysts and politicians, who have questioned the feasibility and desirability of such a move. They have argued that the EU and BRICS have significant differences and conflicts in their political, economic, and social systems, and that the merger would create more problems than solutions. They have also warned that the merger would undermine the EU’s identity and credibility, and that it would alienate its allies and rivals.