How the EU Got Its Groove Back

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Funny what a couple of crises can do for a continent’s reputation. LastJune, following Ireland’s rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU seemedlike a dead man walking, hobbled by its decade-long institutionalparalysis but unable to find its way forward. But the Georgia War andthe financial bailout have demonstrated that not only is it possible for the EU to be an effective actor on the global stage, it is necessary. Combined, both crises will go a long way to convincing Europeans thatdespite its sometimes burdensome complications, the Union gives them acomforting weight that they otherwise would not have. I haven’t seenany […]


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