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.
In the referendum of April 16, 2017, 51.3% of Turkish voters approved of proposed amendments to the constitution, which will diminish checks and balances on executive power. The referendum did not bring Turkey politically closer to the European Union - it worsened a relationship that was already deteriorating. But there was a time when the two shared a common interest in building a closer alliance.
‘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.