Recently, as you may have noticed, Trump’s tariffs have greatly harmed the standing of the US globally. Even if they do accomplish their intended goal, we will still have alienated our allies from us. Similar things are happening in Europe with France almost electing an anti-EU candidate despite the EU being one of the few things keeping the French economy relevant. Same goes for Germany with the AfD, though they have seen a lot less success.
While some populist movements such as the 5-star coalition in Italy seem to tolerate the EU, the increase in anti-EU sentiment is directly against the interests of the vast majority of EU nations. The EU provides it’s smaller members with economic and diplomatic aid, allowing them to grow while allowing Germany to become the world’s third largest exporter and France to remain a major agricultural center despite its inefficiency.
While the EU and globalism as a whole has plenty of flaws it is the only successor to imperialism which is viable in the modern world if a nation wishes to remain internationally significant. History has shown that when nations isolate themselves they drag behind and when eventually forced to open themselves up, they are unprepared and usually collapse. We saw this happen with the Qing , Sparta, and Sub-Saharan Africa (though the latter didn’t have much of a choice), Japan just narrowly avoided it in the 1800s, it’s currently happening to the UK and Russia (and to some extent the US as well) and it could very well happen to the rest of the west
I’m sure many of you will disagree so lets debate in the comments (with civility please, less Gracchi brothers more Athenian Republic)