An EU27 that doesn’t focus on more equality, more opportunities and more solidarity for its citizens, is an EU that risks repeating the same mistakes again that led to a decade of austerity and a vote to leave by one of its Member States. The Commission needs to understand this if it is to play the leading role that Juncker envisions.
The European public will have a greater impact on the Brexit negotiations than is usually recognised. But where are Britain’s closest allies? And who would relish a firm separation?
Media coverage of the refugee crisis has been driven by polemic. New research shows that public attitudes are in fact ambiguous, much less black and white than has often been supposed.