Many European politicians and observers viewed the coming of 2017 with fear and trepidation, a year of potentially overwhelming challenges. Pessimists even hinted at the possible dissolution of the EU. In 2016, Brexit and Trump’s election victory were resounding victories for the populists. Sceptics of the established order were expected to continue their surge in the up-coming elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany, not winning enough support to take power but enough to substantially increase their malignant influence. Terrorist attacks in Berlin, Brussels, Nice, and elsew...
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