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Why “America First” Means “Europe United”

10 19 31

BRUSSELS – One of the main arguments made in support of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union is that the UK will be able to negotiate better trade deals with other countries – and even with Europe – if it is on its own. According to Brexiteers like British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, because EU member states are too divided and consumed by their own crises to defend the integrity of the European project, “There is only one way to get the change we want – vote to leave the EU.”

Jun 5, 2018 Daniel Gros proposes an alternative to EU retaliation against US steel tariffs that would benefit European producers.

Jun 1, 2018 Nouriel Roubini & Brunello Rosa warn that even if most Italians still support the single currency, their long-term commitment is in doubt.

May 29, 2018 George Soros urges the European Union to focus on three areas in particular.

But with less than a year remaining until “Brexit day” – when the UK’s EU membership officially ends – it is clear that the British government’s hopes of dividing and conquering the EU economy have been dashed. EU member states have remained impressively united throughout the Brexit negotiations. And while Brexit itself is nothing to celebrate, the process has at least shown that Europe is strongest when it is challenged.

In fact, for many Europeans,........

© Project Syndicate