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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Union Jack flags flutter in the breeze at a souvenir stall across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament in London, England, on January 7, 2020

Essay: Beyond Brexit, reflections after the Tories’ elections triumph

The UK Conservative Party and its leader, Boris Johnson, received from British voters a clear mandate and a comfortable majority in Parliament to try to turn their political vision into reality. The list of social, economic, organizational and political challenges that the country faces domestically and in the international arena is very long. “Getting Brexit done” is but a small part of the monumental task before the undaunted Prime Minister Johnson.

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