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EU Centre Commentary Series 3rd January 2018 A Partnership of The Year Ahead For Europe – Three Things To Watch

Yeo Lay Hwee


Overview of 2017  Spring arrived in 2017 with a sprinkle of hope for the European Union (EU) after a “horrible year” in 2016 with Brexit and the election of Trump as US president. The elections in the Netherlands in March did not result in a clear victory for Geert Wilders of the far right, anti- immigration Freedom party as feared. The fear of a rising tide of populism “drowning” Europe further subsided with the election of Emmanuel Macron as the youngest president of the French Fifth Republic. His openly pro-European platform and his campaign to strengthen Europe sparked mini-euphoria amongst Europhiles. By the time President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker made his State of the Union address to the European Parliament on 13 September, confidence with the EU has started to climb from an all-time low in 2015, and Juncker chimed that “the wind is back in Europe’s sails”.

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