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In Brussels, France easily gets  away with it, as Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says: ’ because it is France!’.  France is too big to fail. But Macron has a solution. He wants, in the name of European solidarity, an EU transfer union to keep the French system afloat. The money should come from Germany, the Netherlands and some other member states, the so-called net-payers who are paying the EU bills already.

Macron’s trick and Merkel’s weakness

The French president Emmanuel Macron has lost his popularity. France is striking again. Macron profiled himself as the leader of a revolution against "a caste of privileged top officials of the French state."

Election results all over the EU reveal extraordinary levels of voter discontent. The centre-left lost support massively, while the far-right went from strength to strength. One effect is that it is becomes more and more acceptable for centre-right parties to govern with the far-right.

It is clear: voters in the EU are moving more and more to the (far-)right

In Italy voters turned their back on the mainstream parties. They felt abandoned by the rest of the EU, as its coastal areas bore the brunt of the influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean

The refugee crisis goes on; eastern European countries, especially Poland and Hungary (but they are not alone) persist in not taking their share. This leaves Italy, with its weak economy, and Greece, emaciated by EU politics on their own to find a solution for the inhuman situation. Meanwhile the Commission is powerless, and the Council divided.

A difficult year ahead for the EU

2018 will see more self-interest by EU member states than ever before. Politico calls it even ‘more naked self-interest’

It seems that the Brits have largely ignored the intimidation and doomsday predictions of the top EU negotiators Juncker, Barnier and Verhofstadt; which have been blindly echoed by the mostly Europhile press corps in Brussels.

Britons looking positively to their future

Most Britons believe that their job will be safe in 2018 and house prices will rise

The energy ministers also ignored calls by the European Parliament to raise the EU’s 2030 target for renewable energy. Projections show that the current target is too low to meet the EU’s commitments under the Paris climate agreement. The EU uproar at Trump’s stance on the agreement and its declaration of world leadership in the wake seems somewhat hypocritical in these circumstances.

EU Energy ministers give Europeans coal for Christmas and ditch the Paris Climate Agreement

The EU Energy Ministers have backed coal and other fossil fuels over renewable energy, in the ongoing reform of the EU’s energy laws

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