Economic recovery, migration, populism and Macron. 2017 was a year of challenges and hope that Considering Europe’s team analysed from different perspectives. We gathered some of our pieces and reconstructed the political history of 2017 with an eye on what 2018 will bring.
One of the defining images of the recent political events in Poland came on 24th July, as both the President, Andrzej Duda, and Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, addressed the nation on TV. Viewers of State TV (TVP) would have been forgiven for not realising the President’s live speech had been bypassed to show the Prime Minister’s recorded address first, only to then broadcast Duda’s message.
‘We can’t upset the market’, ‘Brussels decided’, ‘Brexit means Brexit’, ‘Some change is better than no change’. A good politician is pragmatic, does what needs to be done. But we have lost sight of what we believe in, and might lose the EU because of it.
Trump’s unpopular decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change undermines the objectives of the agreement while marking the lowest moment yet in an increasingly frail transatlantic relationship. But is it really all bad news?