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.
The UK government’s plan for the future customs arrangements and transition period show how little the Trade department knows about trade. Time for the Brexiteers to prepare for a hard border.
‘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?
Today politicians have many new ways to engage with their voters. As we have already seen, Twitter has taken its place as one of the most significant tools in political communication. Newly elected US president Donald Trump is perhaps the most well-known representative of modern-day Twitter politics.