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Will Europe resist the changing world?

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Commentary. With China interested in new sea routes, Europe has a choice: it can keep thinking only of the interests of the major continental powers, or take a broader, more unified view, aiming to play a double role in linking the continent’s east and west, as well as the north and the Mediterranean south.

written by Aldo Carra

Topic European Union

Also filed under commentary

March 26, 2019

Europe has awoken: the notions of blocking foreign investments, closing contracts unilaterally, prohibiting acquisitions by businesses receiving state aid, etc., have entered the official language of the EU, and will likely be followed by binding regulations.

What has made this language, until recently restricted to the “sovereignists,” suddenly popular is the new phase in the relations with China, which, after a slow incubation, are now developing at an accelerated pace, due to Trump’s distance and the start of the European election campaign.

Now, there will be pushback, and the Franco-German duo, who feel that Italy snuck in ahead of them, will attempt to be the leaders of the new anti-China resistance in the name of Europe. But what kind of Europe will it be—and what will it aim for?

So far, the flow of goods........

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