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Donald Tusk has been prime minister of Poland since 2007 and was planning a third term until he was selected to lead the European Council. He has been described as populist, ruthless, charismatic and politically flexible. In his new role, Mr Tusk, an able negotiator, will use his interpersonal skills to build coalitions and strike compromises. He is said to have a ...
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.
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
Observers and politicians agree on only one thing about the European Union – that it will have to look different in five or ten years. Uncertainty about the future governance structure of the EU has never been so great. Radical scenarios of a ‘United States of Europe’ or of a return to a ‘European customs union’ both seem unlikely. However, there are many options o...