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At this historic juncture, leaders of the European
Union should awaken to the fact that Europe’s strength has always been its
common cultural heritage and its diversity. The way out of the EU’s current bind
is through expanding regional cooperation and replacing centralistic,
market-strangling regulations with robust, friendly competition.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Evidence that Russia tried to manipulate the outcome of the United
States presidential elections is flimsy. It is increasingly clear, though, that
EU leaders themselves are manipulating their electorates with gross anti-Turkey
populism as they try to cling to power.
As the European Union is trying to
reinvent itself and the United States considers recasting its global role, the
Central European nations see no obvious path to follow. The relatively
prosperous region faces tests of political and economic maturity that go beyond
anything it has experienced since the fall of the Iron Curtain.
The possible victory of Marine Le Pen’s National
Front in France’s elections is likely to bring catastrophic disruption to that
country and the European Union, but her mainstream opponents are either
politically damaged goods or offering equally disastrous, statist solutions.
European governments and leaders in Brussels would be
wise to brace for political shocks in this year’s elections. This is a moment
in history when polls tend to mislead and the unthinkable can happen, deeply
upsetting the established order. The time for making contingency plans is now.
The partnership of old rivals, Russia and Turkey, has never been put to a greater test in the Black Sea region than it has since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014. In Turkey, it revived memories of Russia's expansionism, as well as highlighting Ankara's limited capacity to react forcefully. Turkey condemned the...
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth