Merkel deserves to survive migrant crisis – Reuters

According to this Reuters article, the German chancellor’s welcome to refugees is backfiring at home. It argues that critics abound in her own party, her popularity is low and right-wing populists are flourishing. But the article concludes that Merkel has two things in her favour: the German economy looks solid and her opponents lack a credible leader.

Source: Merkel deserves to survive migrant crisis

Personally, I’m not convinced that politics is that forgiving. Angela Merkel has been firefighting and has been light on strategy. Yes, she’s a formidable politician but she has recently demonstrated vulnerability and desperation in Turkey.

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Europe’s Nationalist Night Watch by Dominique Moisi – Project Syndicate

According to Dominique Moisi in this Project Syndicate article, Europeans are increasingly glorifying the past to compensate for the disillusion and frustration of the present and the uncertainty of the future. He argues that sixty years ago, a return to the past was precisely what European countries sought to avoid.

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Europe’s Nationalist Night Watch by Dominique Moisi – Project Syndicate

Dominique Moisi, a professor at L’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), is Senior Adviser at the French Institute for International Affairs (IFRI) and a visiting professor at King’s College London. He is the author of The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World.

As a passionate European, for me this article was well argued. The conclusion was that greater European integration is preferable to a return to nationalism. But it’s not that simple.

Unfortunately, the article only tells part of the story. Bigger countries, like Germany and France, dominate the European agenda. Economic policies to support the Euro fail to recognize the diversity of the European economy. Germany has benefited enormously from the Euro but many countries in Southern Europe have suffered unfairly from austerity and massive youth unemployment. Similarly, for decades France has benefited unreasonably from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Whilst I’m pro-Europe, there’s an urgent need to reduce Europe’s bureaucracy. Also before there can be pressure for increased integration, there needs to be greater equality in the impact of the EU’s policies. Personally, I sense that Europe is not yet ready for more integration – the youth of Europe need to return to work first.

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