As Merkel Retreats, Europe Shows It Still Needs Her Firefighting

Tony Czuczka, Patrick Donahue and Arne Delfs, Bloomberg, 29.10.2018

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Angela Merkel is starting her retreat at home just as she’s needed more than ever by her allies abroad.

As Europe prepares for life without the leader whose clout underwrote its global standing and solutions to its crises over the past decade, the continent faces another challenging few months with the German chancellor’s legacy as the euro region’s rock in the balance. [...]

“If there were still people in Paris or elsewhere hoping for an agreement on key European dossiers this year, like euro-zone reform or migration policy reform, they should forget about it,” said Janis Emmanouilidis, director of studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels. [...]

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