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In 2019, the geopolitical interplay between Russia, Ukraine and Europe will depend on their leaders. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin will have to decide whether to continue his assertive foreign policy. In Ukraine, the presidential election could bring the mercurial Yulia Tymoshenko to power – how she will deal with the war in the east remains a mystery. In Europe, the Franco-German alliance is losing traction. Rifts in the EU will deepen, making it impossible to present a united front on the challenges Russia and Ukraine present.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
are plenty of signs of trouble ahead for the European Union in 2019. Unstable
leadership, rampant populism, strikes and demonstrations, migration disputes,
security challenges, Brexit, an economic slowdown and the makings of another
financial crisis are just a few of the challenges that await. For EU
institutions, perhaps the biggest test will come with the European Parliament
elections in May, which could overturn the grand coalition that has governed
the bloc since the 1980s.
Dr. Michael Leigh
Italy’s public finance situation is worrying global markets, just as the newly-elected populist coalition is plotting its economic course. The coalition made dramatic promises to voters that could blow past deficit targets and push Italy toward default, bailout or an exit from the euro. But despite their recklessness, the Five Star Movement and the League are more likely to moderate their economic programs — that is, if they can manage to keep their alliance together.
Professor Enrico Colombatto