Adriana Cerretelli

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It ain't over till it's over

Just because Europeanist forces prevailed in the most recent French and German elections, doesn’t mean that the far-right surge has been halted. In fact, we may just be witnessing a calm before the storm.

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Europe back on track

With the European economy finally on the road to recovery, the euroskeptics have been somewhat silenced.
Now European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is proposing a courageous recovery strategy for a more perfect union.

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The demolition man returns

Matteo Renzi made his reputation in Italy by demolishing his adversaries and any other obstacles that stood in the way of his programs or ambition. 
Now he’s back on the scene – to the detriment of Europe.

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A stiff upper-lipped goodbye kiss

Nothing having to do with Brexit is panning out the way 
it was expected to. Every political gamble seems to have gone askew. Paradoxically, it may have been just the dose 
of fear the EU needed.

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Balancing the numbers

The hopes of re-launching the European project are contingent on reigniting the Franco-German axis. But in order to do that France must straighten out its economy and show Germany that it is more than just talk. 

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The Brits to cast their votes again

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for elections. She believes a likely win will allow her to make a better Brexit deal with the EU. But there have been too many surprises to be sure of anything.

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A make or break year

As the EU gears up to celebrate an important milestone, its future looks more unstable than it has in recent memory. Overtures of a two-speed solution may cause more problems than they resolve.

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A trade deal leaves Europeans unimpressed

From a European perspective, it would be hard to imagine a more advantageous trade deal. Still, the EU could barely pass a free trade agreement with Canada, which does not bode well for the EU’s lethargic economy.

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Struggles ahead for the new European Parliament president

The European Union is facing a year of crucial elections that may ultimately decide whether or not it survives. The new presidency will have a full plate in trying to save a fracturing coalition.

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Waiting for Godot's vote

Everything inside and around Europe seems to be burning. And yet, the EU’s technocrats are so focused on the various national elections that a pall of paralysis is descending with the new year. 

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Europe smugly misses another opportunity

With the election of Donald Trump, Europe has again settled into what has now become its default mode: condescension. By deriding or lecturing the President-elect, the EU has presented itself with unnecessary obstacles.

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Salute to the Army of United Europe

Periodically the idea of a united European defense structure makes the rounds. But it always runs up against the wall that obstructs all European progress: without an integrated political structure, the rest does not hold.

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The European reset

Even though everyone agrees that things need to change, it seems the European Union is getting somewhat comfortable on the brink of disintegration.

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No respite for Europe’s woes

With mutinous member states, terrorist attacks and an Islamist clampdown next door, Europe needs to brace itself and restructure if it is live out anything even close to its dream of unification.

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Europe's big fat British divorce

The EU will try to keep its chin up, but the Brexit vote will be hard to digest not just economically, but culturally and politically as well.

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At the Sultan's table

The EU needs the help of Turkey if it is to deal with the wave of refugees from the war in Syria. Knowing this, the Turkish President has begun to wield his power like an Ottoman sultan.

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Italy prepares for an invasion

Now that the Balkan route has been sealed, Italy is waiting for warmer weather to bring migrants from across the Mediterranean. Renzi has a plan, but the EU still looks stuck in its devisive ways. 

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Merkel seals the migrant deal

Everyone was expecting the German Chancellor to be hobbled by her party’s recent election losses. Instead, she turned around and led the EU in an agreement to send migrants back to Turkey.

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Brexit, among other nuisances

The deal reached with David Cameron, which would allow Britons to support the path of continuing in the EU, is a glimmer of hope as the continent is assailed by many pressing crises simultaneously. 

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The loose Italian cannon

Italy is beginning to resist toeing the European line. The latest dispute seems to point to a future of double standards and a multi-speed Europe that will be hard to sustain. 

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Annus horribilis for Europe

It was a rough 2015 for the European Union. Still, that doesn’t seem to be enough to shake it out of its torpor. In fact, the Union is almost beginning to look irremediably atomized.

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The Republic roused into action

Can a France wounded by a blow to its way of life resuscitate a doddering Europe, hard-pressed to come together on any important issue?

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The EU’s new take on Turkey

Shunned for years as not ready for EU accession, Europe now needs Turkey to hold back the flood of refugees looking for asylum. Needless to say, Turkey will expect something in return.

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Can Europe really become multi-ethnic?

Europe is staring a challenge in the face, one that simply cannot be wished away. Migrants will transform the society sooner or later, and European nations are too busy squabbling to agree on how to control them.

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Taking sides

The Greek crisis has been a shock to the system of a European Union already lacking solidarity. Some of the collateral damage comes in the form of a rift between France and Germany, which will need to be mended.

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The migrant time bomb

The EU’s handling of the migrant emergency is a model of ineptitude. If members keep bickering and procrastinating, then Europe will buckle under the weight of a crisis it lacks the will to deal with.

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Europe divvies up its migrants

Seemingly roused from its torpor, Europe has come up with a plan to set quotas for migrants. Whether or not the plan passes will be a litmus test for how effectively Europe can deal with this pressing issue.

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Dangerous optimism

While a glimmer of hope may have appeared in the European economy, it is still too early to dismiss some fundamental problems that have been eroding the solidarity on which the European project is based.

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Flexing the euro muscle

With a fresh injection of money into the banking system, Europe can now better take advantage of other positive factors to shift the long struggling recovery into a higher gear.

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Caught between the rules and the votes

The new democratically elected Greek government would like to rewrite the pact its predecessors established with the EU. Unfortunately, this will jeopardize the European project. The friction sheds light on the Union’s shortcomings.

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Can Greece save Europe?

For years Greece has been a thorn in the side of the eurozone, but with the benefit of hindsight and a cooler assessment of Europe’s wide-ranging mistakes, the Greek crisis may be just what the eurozone needs.

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France considers balking on austerity

The eurozone is heading for another tug of war between France, which would like to be exempted from some fiscal pact requirements, and Germany, which insists on austerity and is reluctant to stimulate demand. 

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Turning the tables on a tax scandal

Accused of fiscal impropriety, the new President of the European Commission has deftly managed to turn a personal problem into a European problem that he is perfectly positioned to address.

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Slapped down before getting started

The Juncker Commission had yet to start work when it took its first blow from the European Parliament. This is just a glimpse of the institutional conflicts lying ahead for the European Union.

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The President’s headache

As the new European Commission gets ready to take office, the continent is beset by turmoil all around. This tension will inevitably seep into its already percolating internal struggles.

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Don’t do today what you can put off till tomorrow

Europe was supposed to have chosen its top names by now, but wrangling over which party would represent what department of the vast bureaucracy convinced all to postpone any decisions until August.

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Girding up against the separatists

The wave of euroskepticism, while not yet an emergency, nevertheless bodes ill for an EU that has been struggling with inertia on all fronts. This is especially the case with recent changes to the institutional balance.

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­Italy’s time to take the reins

Italy has numerous ambitions for when it takes over the rotating European presidency in July, but the EU’s institutional gridlock might thwart many of them.

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Political mastermind

The upcoming elections for the European Parliament promise to be different from previous ones. In many respects they will determine just how European the future Europe will be.

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EU don’t bring me flowers…

As Europeans get ready to go to the polls for the European Parliament, there is trepidation. A protest vote for anti-establishment parties could undermine the entire European project.

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Lie low and hide the big stick

Notwithstanding the belated accord in Ukraine, Europe’s reactions to uprisings in its neighborhood have been consistent: fear of antagonizing interested parties, and utter lack of any cohesive common foreign policy.

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The reluctant reformer’s moment of truth

With France’s back to the wall, Hollande has no choice but to push through reforms that Socialists have long been averse to. Such a turnaround could have far-reaching benefits for the EU.

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Hard times ahead

Just when Europe seems to be able to breathe more easily, new pitfalls risk sabotaging the already damaged project. A wave of euroskepticism is lying in wait as elections approach.

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France in decline

The lack of leadership in Europe is epitomized by the combination of paralysis and caprice coming out of Paris. Unable to get his house in order, Hollande has been trying to cause a stir internationally.

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Saving the euro by burning consensus

The eurozone has gained some breathing room, but the sovereignty that has been relinquished out of necessity may come back to bite governments when people realize they now have less say over their fate.

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Europe balks – again

For all the talk of human rights and international law, Europe has been unable to unify on foreign policy, essentially hiding behind the UN to justify doing nothing in the aftermath of the gas attack in Syria.

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Europe on hold till the Germans vote

If any place needs to get to work, then it is the eurozone. But with summer vacations in full swing and Merkel risking nothing before the election, the continent is simply lingering in standby mode.

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Europe and the US: a no-brainer

A transatlantic free trade agreement would seem like an obvious move for both partners. In reality, though, it’s more like a forced wedding. And at this stage each party is trying to come to terms with inevitable sacrifices.

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Wither the Maginot Line?

 

It seems Germany and France now want the same thing out of Europe. But all is not how it seems. The ideologies are still in contrast, and the only hope might be a slowdown in the German economy.

 
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Every man for himself

What started as an ambitious common vision for Europe has now stalled. The rhetoric spent on lauding Europe’s community spirit has been unmasked as mere lip service, hoping to hold back selfishness in the guise of national interest.

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One blunder leads to another

As if the EU didn’t have enough problems, a brush fire has now started in Cyprus. In a headwind of anti-European sentiment, the EU will need to do more than just muddle through.

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Cutting Europe’s slackers some slack

With Europe still reeling from recession, the EU has been obliged to show a little leniency toward its less stable members. Some recent moves, however, may prove to be shortsighted.

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Who will save Europe?

Europe is still afloat, but that doesn’t mean the sinking has stopped. With much to be positive about in the new year, there are still a host of pitfalls that could annul the gains made.

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All’s well that ends well

Europe ended a bad year on a good note. Things may not be moving as fast as most would hope, but a few crucial measures have kept the biggest perils at bay.

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How an election cycle can paralyze Europe

With Angela Merkel forced to pander to her electorate, thereby delaying progress on the eurozone crisis, the rest of Europe is effectively being held hostage.

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Butting heads

The honeymoon, if ever there was one, is over. Germany and France are back to their usual bickering. And this might be the best thing for the rest of Europe.

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Shelter from the storm

The markets have finally given Europe some respite. A series of bold moves were made. There is hope. But the more profound changes are still as daunting as ever.

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Dog days and delays

There was a glimmer of hope. But things move slowly in the eurozone, and the jackals are again ready to pounce on Europe’s sacred August vacation.

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Finally, a step ahead

Between the G-20 summit and the EU summit at the end of June, Europe seems at long last to be taking concrete measures in order to stanch the bloodletting in the bond markets. Will it be a tourniquet or a band-aid?

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Exeunt Greece... stage left

The future of the euro is playing itself out in Greece. There are many solutions out there, but a dearth of political wherewithal to do the right thing with the speed demanded is sabotaging the common currency.

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Judgment Day

As Europe struggles with the austerity measures imposed on it by Germany, its major players are going to the polls. The outcome should indicate whether the people are willing to keeping taking such medicine.

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Europe’s AWOL foreign policy

In the face of all the recent speculative attacks, which have forced Europe into a fiscal compact, no one seems to have noticed that the EU has all but given up on a united diplomacy. What does get noticed, however, is the EU’s diplomatic inadequacy.

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Europe and China: a better match

Europe has long been a loyal companion to America. But what if it started courting China? It seems the Chinese are already smitten by Europe’s charm.

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Transatlantic marriage and the 70-year itch

Seven decades ago US troops joined forces with allies in Europe, and they have been there ever since. But the time has come for Europe, already harried by its own euro crisis, to pull its weight.

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Should I stay, or should I go?

In the midst of an ongoing blame game and continual German brinksmanship, the recent EU summit has left the euro hovering over an abyss.

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Triple A letters no protection from the french fever

Not long ago France was preaching to indebted euro members. Now it has become the target of a market attack that can only be stopped by ceding fiscal sovereignty.

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Europe keeps coming up short

The half-measures upon half-measures taken thus far will never make a whole because the crisis is compounding itself faster than politicians can act.

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Of arsonists and firefighters

European leaders seem to be playing a dangerous game. Whether this is due to brinksmanship or ineptitude matters little if the end result is the euro’s collapse.

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A sorry state of affairs

The eurozone looks like it’s crumbling. America is a step closer to default. Governments move like snails, and markets at the speed of light. If this is the product of democracy, then something needs to be fixed – and fast.

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Europe’s new Warsaw Pact

Caught in the grip of a relentless economic crisis, Europe is looking eastward to Poland, its most recent success story, as the Union wrestles with difficult decisions.

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Getting stingier with European integration

The EU needs to invest in the vision of integration that brought it into being. But national governments prefer to kick the can down the road in order to avoid popular wrath.

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Also sprach Europa

The Germanization of Europe is beginning to look like a foregone conclusion. Now everyone is wondering if this will lead to a stronger Union or its inevitable disintegration.

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When the presidency becomes a pillory

It’s been a thankless job of late, fraught with pitfalls, but Poland is gearing up for the European presidency by doing its PR homework. 

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Hit them when they’re on their knees

The Irish are known to have a fighting spirit, but they don’t stand a chance when their giant friends decide to gang up on them

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What to do when multiculturalism fails

Integration models in Europe aren’t working. So say David Cameron and Angela Merkel. With the continent poised to absorb a wave of migrants from North Africa, its glaring institutional weaknesses make everyone wonder if it is up to the task.

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Eurozone vs. Euroreich

Not long ago everyone wanted to join the euro bandwagon. Now that newcomers from the East may have to pay for the party, they are having second th­oughts. As a result, the major concern is how Germany intends to keep the  European currency in line.

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Italy’s time to take the reins

Italy has numerous ambitions for when it takes over the rotating European presidency in July, but the EU’s institutional gridlock might thwart many of them.