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Europe enters crunch week

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By Andrew Hammond

This week's EU summit, which begins Thursday, could be one of the most important ever for the Brussels-based club. For on the agenda is not just Brexit, but also the future of the EU well into the 2020s with the impending coming into power of a new European Commission president.

There are several key domestic debates about the EU's future underway, quite aside from the foreign policy questions facing the union. This ranges from debates about rebalancing the union in a post-Brexit EU, and the future of the Eurozone and Schengen.

In the wake of Brexit, presuming the United Kingdom does indeed leave the Brussels-based club, the EU will need to reform to reflect withdrawal of one of its largest member states. This has already led to suggestions as to how to restructure the number of members of the European Parliament, qualified majority voting, the EU's budget, staffing and language requirements.

More broadly, the union's center of power may shift significantly, with unclear consequences for policy direction. The European Parliament's own tough stand on Brexit, to date, can be seen as it asserting itself because of a fear that large member states might reach an agreement leading to a potential shift away from the EU's supranational institutions toward a more inter-governmentally-run........

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