Europe adrift

Europe adrift
Brexit is a symptom of the European Union’s internal disarray. In quick succession, the debt crisis, the Ukraine crisis and the migration crisis all challenged centralist visions of ever-deeper integration and soft-power expansion. The political mainstream’s abandonment of traditional values spurred a voter revolt toward populist movements. This turn inward comes as the rules-based order the EU embodies is coming apart globally.

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Swiss-EU trade talks: Sovereignty and competitiveness at stake

Switzerland’s government ended negotiations with the European Union on a comprehensive trade deal designed to update decades-old agreements. Doing so for Switzerland was a question of sovereignty – but it risks losing traction in the enormous, crucial EU market. The question now is if Switzerland can find a way to become more competitive without the EU, or will wait and try again.

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