EU could fall apart without flexibility

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European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels May 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Yves Herman

Brussels’ knee-jerk reaction to crises is to ask for more power. Its latest series of problems has fuelled right-wing populism, which feeds off the idea that the European Union already has too much influence. Unless the bloc adopts more decentralised solutions, it could unravel. As the EU grapples with an influx of refugees, terrorism and… Read more »

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Europe goes to extremes

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Americans might be forgiven for regarding Europeans as a puzzle. And not an intriguing one, but an irritating, what-the-hell-are-they-thinking kind of puzzle. The global survey books by American thinkers this year

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‘Let them eat (pound) cake!’

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There was a bomb scare at Charles de Gaulle the day I arrived in Paris in early October 4. Although we had driven into the city from Belgium, we had to return the rented car at the airport and then take a taxi into the city. The queue was long. Thousands of passengers had to… Read more »

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