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Judy Dempsey: France’s Rise and Britain’s Demise

While Britain’s prime minister ushers in the decline of London’s influence in the world, France’s president seeks reforms that will reassert Paris’s role in the EU. The contrast could not have been starker. After the first round of the parliamentary election in France on June 11, President Emmanuel Macron’s novice Republic on the Move party …

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Judy Dempsey: From Paris to Berlin

Despite big differences over economic policy, Europe’s two most important leaders need each other more than ever before. Tradition has it that the first visits abroad by a new French president and by a new German chancellor are to each other’s country. This is more than a ritual for Europe’s two most important leaders. It …

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Don’t write off the EU

Something unprecedented is happening in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. It is not that all three countries face important elections in March, April–May, and September respectively. Nor is it that all three have spawned populist, anti-EU, and anti-Islamic movements (although much smaller in Germany than in the Netherlands and France). Nor is it that these movements have …

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Brexit boosts EU survey results

Since 2015, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has been using Europe-wide surveys to gauge the EU’s approval ratings. The latest results show that Brexit has succeeded where many EU politicians have failed – improving the Union’s popularity. Brexit has boosted the EU’s standing with the public. Since the referendum in which Britons voted against remaining in the …

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EU’s Schengen area under threat

Under combined pressure from migrants and terrorists, the Schengen area – the European Union’s control-free travel zone – could become a thing of the past. Many member states have enacted temporary restrictions at their borders; some have even built razor-wire barriers to stave off perceived threats to their stability and security. The Schengen system, once designed to …

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De Molli: “EU needs Improvements, not Dismantling”

Dear members and supporters of United Europe, Brexit would mean the UK’s rejection of European integration process and will make of it the kingdom of nationalists and populists, defending the nation-state against Brussels while ignoring that the flourishing of democracy and free markets in Europe has gone hand in hand with the integration process. The …

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John Jetter: Why Europe May Need a Brexit Crisis

Thank you for the statement by United Europe on Brexit. I am afraid the lack of perceived enthusiasm to support the Remain campaign may not only be complacency, but also the fact that even people who support a united Europe, are in two minds on this subject. It goes without saying that I support United …

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Global trends: Europe’s weak spots ready to become new crises

  Europe’s leaders have failed to solve the structural problems revealed by the crisis of 2008. Nor have they grappled with issues that have emerged in recent years. Examples include high public debt, the stock market bubble and distorted risk perceptions caused by the eurozone’s artificially low interest rates. For now, the situation has stabilized. …

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After Paris: Western Unity Ever More Difficult, Ever More Essential

A report by Dr. Daniela Schwarzer in cooperation with Ivan Vejvoda BERLIN—The terrorist attacks that Paris suffered on Friday evening have caused tremendous shock and grief, but also fear and insecurity, not only in France, but throughout Europe. This new wave of Islamist terror, which may be followed by further attacks in Europe and elsewhere, …

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Migrations of the Third Millennium: an opportunity for Europe

Europe is watching with bewilderment the inflow of refugees and immigrants through its borders, and the human tragedies that inevitably accompany such treks. Just as bewildering is why Europe has been so unprepared. This migration was predictable. It has long been obvious that millions of people would soon be pouring in. This mass south-to-north migration …

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