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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.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
The European Parliamentary election results were described as an ‘earthquake’. But does the rise of eurosceptic parties in many countries of ‘old Europe’ really imply that further European integration and institutional reform have become impossible? Will the European Union see more antagonism and stagnation or will the elections open a window of opportunity for ref...
How does Germany want the EU to look in the next five or even 20 years? In the second of a series on the EU we look at German politics which has traditionally been the most ‘pro-European’ both in rhetoric and practice among the larger EU members. Today, as a consequence of the financial crisis in Europe, Germany has to assume a leadership role in reshaping the EU.