Ever since its founding the European Union has been a controversial political project. The economic, political, and social crises that have erupted across the continent in the past five years have only intensified the existing conflicts. Consequently the upcoming elections for the european parliament on may 25 will manifest a significant moment for the future of the EU and the region as a whole.
Likewise the visual vocabulary of street artists all over Europe has been influenced by the symbolic meaning of the EU. Yellow stars on azure blue, Euro signs, and faces of political figures line city walls all over the continent—particularly in the countries that have been hit hardest by the crisis and the implementation of harsh austerity measures.
So in honor of the occasion, here’s a little selection of critical representations of Europe and eu policies in street art.