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  • Without doubt, Merkel’s successor will take a more conservative path, not only in Europe but certainly in their own country to try to stop the fast growth of the far-right party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD).

    The end of the Merkel era

    The day ECB President Mario Draghi had to announce that Eurozone growth is at its slowest pace for more than four years, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel told the world that she will step down as President of her party, the German Christian-Democrats CDU

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The hard Brexit is no longer far away

Don’t blame the Britons for the hard Brexit appearing on the horizon

The peculiar world of the Christian-Democrats

A prominent Dutch politician once said: ‘Count your fingers after shaking hands with a Christian-Democrat.’ Reading how the European Peoples Party (EPP) is handling the ‘Viktor Orban-trial’ brought this remark about the trustworthiness of the Christian-Democrats back to mind

The battle about the EU multiannual budget has begun

The EU budget will be left with a gap of €12 billion a year after the UK leaves

EU chief negotiator Barnier has to turn the Brexit-tables

After the EU summit of the end of June, it was reported that some EU27 leaders were considering arranging an informal summit with UK Prime Minister Theresa May

Meanwhile, the EU memberstates refusing to take in migrants, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic (the ‘Visigrad Four’) let know they would not attend. French President Emmanuel Macron however wants a swift deal on migration; it would allow the European Summit to focus on his plans on reform to the Eurozone.

A ‘Union’ in disarray

Commission President Juncker announced an ‘informal working meeting’ on Sunday June 24 to discuss the migration and asylum problems

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The end of the Merkel era

By: N. Peter Kramer

The day ECB President Mario Draghi had to announce that Eurozone growth is at its slowest pace for more than four years, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel told the world that she will step down as President of her party, the German Christian-Democrats CDU

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