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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, president of the CDU, speaks at the Association of Municipal Enterprises, Berlin, Germany, March 11, 2019 (Photo by Bernd von Jutrczenka for dpa via AP Images).

The EU Finally Wants to Become a Strategic Actor. Is It Too Late?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

If all that mattered in discussions over the future of the European Union were functional outcomes, there would be little debate or disagreement among the various sides. Almost everyone who believes in the European project would like to see the continent integrated into a mutually beneficial common market, protected from external shocks, and joined in a union of strong states whose combined strength is greater than the sum of its parts.

Of course, the debate over the future of the EU is and always has been about how best to achieve those outcomes, and the differences usually center on where to place the needle in terms of balancing concerns over protecting national sovereignty with concerns over maximizing the EU’s efficacy. ...

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