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Europe starts to think the unthinkable: breaking up

Barber, Tony, (2017), “Europe starts to think the unthinkable: breaking up”, Financial Times, 2 March

As an illustration of the EU’s doubts about its destiny, Jean-Claude Juncker’s white paper on Europe’s future fitted the bill nicely. Unveiled on Wednesday, the European Commission president’s document contained no fewer than five scenarios for the EU’s evolution up to 2025: “carrying on”, “nothing but the single market”, “those who want more do more”, “doing less more efficiently” and “doing much more together”. The white paper’s vagueness was understandable. With elections this year in the Netherlands, Bulgaria, France, Germany and the Czech Republic, few if any governments have an appetite for ambitious initiatives from Mr Juncker.

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