Not in Party Mood

In the weekend of 9 and 10 December, the European Union celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty. But European leaders and their citizens seemed not to be in the mood to party as the celebrations went largely unnoticed by the general public. As 2016 is slowly coming to an end, the EU, confronted […]

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The Forgotten Crisis

Chancellor Merkel has been in constant crisis mode for some time now. The political agenda is dominated by an ever increasing number of near-death experiences threatening to destroy the European project. So does anyone really want to hold it against her if she loses track of the abundance of challenges the EU is facing? Currently, […]

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Germany: Reconnecting the Core

A European Germany?  A German Europe? Thomas Mann’s famous quote of 1953 has been intensely discussed in European public opinion over the past six years as a result of Germany’s disputable role in managing the euro crisis. While the country’s relative political clout has grown steadily within the EU (partly also due to the relative […]

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