EU faces big changes, with or without Britain

Danny Kemp, AfP, 23.06.2016

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The atmosphere in Brussels has been surreal for weeks -- business goes on as usual, officials are barred from using the word "Brexit" and life proceeds as if Britain's EU referendum does not exist. [...]

The danger for the EU is that even after if makes changes following the British referendum, it will still not be able to quell the forces of history tearing it apart.

"Even Bremain doesn't change the general mood," Janis Emmanouilidis, director of studies at Brussels-based think tank European Policy Centre, told AFP, referring to the opposite of Brexit.

"The EU is in a negative spiral."

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