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If the European Union were a patient, its survival would be considered as threatened by multiple organ failure.Analysts believe the combined strain of challenges including a refugee crisis, threats facing the euro currency and Britain's plan to hold a referendum on whether to leave the EU may be unbearable for the 28-nation bloc.Informal miniblocs have formed within the European Union, with some countries banding together to challenge, or just ignore, the EU's announced refugee resettlement program.Officials had expected the flow of desperate people fleeing war and poverty would slow during the winter months, but The International Organization for Migration said this week that 76,000 people – nearly 2,000 per day – have reached Europe by sea since Jan. 1, a nearly tenfold increase over the same period the year before.In this diffuse environment, it is difficult to see the EU managing to respond effectively to such an unpredictable situation.He said the rule of law, and the EU's authority, has already been undermined by the bloc's failure to implement an agreed upon quota system calling for the resettlement of refugees in a number of countries. Stark divisions have been exposed, he said, by the way the Visegrad countries in Eastern Europe reap the economic benefits of EU membership but while refusing to help the refugees.
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