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Theresa May’s Brexit Breakfast Breakthrough

Throughout the negotiations, the EU has consistently been several steps ahead of Britain. Whereas the British cabinet has not even discussed the future relationship, Brussels has already prepared its position and is now issuing its negotiating guidelines. Indeed, Mrs May’s notion of Brexit red lines was always misconceived. Just as the EU sets the terms when countries apply to join the club, it also has the upper hand when a country decides to leave.

Read Here – The Economist

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The 28 People Who Are Shaping, Shaking And Stirring Europe

It’s impossible to know what the coming year holds for the European Union. But one thing is certain: The bloc’s leaders will spend much of the next 12 months wrestling with its future. That’s why Christian Lindner tops our list of the 28 people who will shape Europe in 2018. The pugnacious liberal leader occupies a key place in Germany’s politics: at the head of a conservative, Euro-cautious segment of the electorate. By pulling the plug on coalition talks in November, Lindner cast his country into political turmoil and ensured his place at the centre of the ensuing debate.

Read Here – Politico Europe

Germany Seeks To Pick Up The Pieces

With coalition talks having collapsed, the country and the continent are now wondering what happens next. Blame is being heaped on the FDP, but the party could end up suffering mightily. Germany and Europe, meanwhile, are the biggest losers.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

 

Orbiting Jupiter: My Week With Emmanuel Macron

Let’s take another look at his file: just three years ago this young man was totally unknown to the general public. By contrast, he was very well known to a small Parisian milieu in which politics, finance and the media are almost incestuously intertwined. In this milieu – which he looks down on today, as if he had never belonged to it at all – everyone prides themselves on being his friend, having his mobile phone number, and getting upbeat text messages from him in the middle of the night.

Read Here – The Guardian

Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But At What Cost?

Angela Merkel will serve as Germany’s chancellor for a fourth term, but Sunday’s win comes at a high price. The right-wing populists are now the third-strongest party in parliament and her negotiations to create a new government are likely to be complicated.

Read Here – Spiegel Online

Also Read: Angela’s ashes: 5 takeaways from the German election

Angela Merkel, The Most Powerful Woman in a World of Unstable Men

How Germany Managed To Avoid Populism

Last year’s Brexit vote followed by the election of Donald Trump resulted in the idea that populism was sweeping the West. Elections were scheduled in 2017 for Austria, the Netherlands, France, and Germany, leading to fears among the establishment in those countries that the center-left-center-right consensus that had dominated politics for much of the past half century was in peril. The results so far have brought relief to the establishment in those countries.

Read Here – The Atlantic

In Praise Of A Transatlantic Divorce

Donald Trump is a symptom of the larger crisis that has been brewing for NATO ever since the Cold War ended. Alliances are first and foremost a collective response to threats, and NATO’s primary rationale disappeared when the Soviet Union collapsed. Attempts to give NATO important new missions “out of area” did not go well, whether one looks at Libya or Kosovo or Afghanistan, and some of America’s other initiatives — most notably the invasion of Iraq — did considerable damage to transatlantic solidarity as well.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

The Macron Method

Emmanuel Macron’s election to the French presidency provides the European Union with an opportunity to move past the internal conflicts that have hastened its disintegration. Rather than standing exclusively with the old elites or the new populists, Macron has promised to rally broad political support under the banner of European reform.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Is Trump Pushing Merkel To Create A German Superpower?

Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Donald Trump entered office hoping that he could splinter the European Union. But what if his presidency has the effect of further unifying it—against America? German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s announcement that Europe can no longer rely on America as a partner and “must take our destiny into our own hands” marks a turning point.

Read Here – The National Interest

Are The New Faces Of European Politics Here To Stay?

Across the continent, Muslims are breaking into politics, becoming parliamentarians, assembly members, senators and mayors to represent their increasingly diverse electorates. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made headlines around the world when he was elected in 2016, and, according to a recent poll, he is the most popular Labour Party politician in the U.K. But he’s not alone: Ahmed Aboutaleb has been the Muslim mayor of Rotterdam since 2009 and is considered one of the Netherlands’ most popular politicians.

Read Here – Ozy 

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