What impact would Brexit have on the EU? | World Economic Forum

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This is an outstanding, must-read article published by WEF. The authors argue that Brexit could have serious economic and political consequences for the rest of the EU.

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Much of Europe is still suffering from austerity policies with millions of youngsters still out of work. Add to the mix divergent views on handling refugees and dealing with intelligence on terrorists and Europe is looking both vulnerable and at risk.

Views?

Poor intel sharing within EU played role in Brussels attacks – Ex-CIA head — RT News

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According to leading Russian news agency RT, the former head of the NSA and CIA, Michael Hayden, has castigated EU secret services for being too fixated on privacy issues and for suffering from poor intelligence sharing in combatting terrorism, saying that those gaps led to the Paris and Brussels attacks.

Source: Poor intel sharing within EU played role in Brussels attacks – Ex-CIA head — RT News

This is an insightful and worrying article.

Apart from the failures in handling intelligence, the article considers the explosive political context in Europe

Those failures were compounded in recent years by the fact that the Europeans have allowed religious communities to radicalize and become isolated from society, Hayden said.

It’s worth reflecting on the implications for wider European government and indeed governance.

Perhaps, it’s time for Europe to have a change from Angela Merkel’s vision of Europe?

Thoughts?