Friday 9 December 2016

As one crisis ends another one begins in our divided EU

Published 22/05/2015 | 02:30

'The European Union is itself in crisis. Evidently it cannot go forward. But neither can it go back. It is locked into political and economic stagnation and urgently needs strong and imaginative leadership'
'The European Union is itself in crisis. Evidently it cannot go forward. But neither can it go back. It is locked into political and economic stagnation and urgently needs strong and imaginative leadership'

You may not have known that the Eastern Partnership is holding an important meeting in Riga, the Latvian capital where, according to the popular limerick, a young lady once went for a ride on a tiger, with unfortunate results.

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Come to that, you may not have known that any such thing as an eastern partnership existed. To date, it has not exerted much influence on world affairs. That may change this weekend, after some of the heaviest hitters in Europe have completed their trip to the Baltic.

Of these heavy hitters, by far the most imposing is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Yesterday, before leaving for Riga, she gave a brief outline of the purpose of the meeting and her views on the role of the partnership.

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