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Herman van Rompuy: «On parle souvent de déficit démocratique, mais on doit aussi parler de déficit de leadership»

14921450823 e7fbe388dd zInvité par l'ENA à l'occasion de la cérémonie d'ouverture de la nouvelle promotion du Cycle des Hautes études européennes (CHEE) qu'il parrainera tout au long de l'année 2017, Herman Van Rompuy dresse un bilan sans concession de l'état de l'Union européenne. Entre réussites sous-estimées et objectifs majeurs restant à atteindre, l'ancien président du Conseil européen en appelle à un véritable leadership européen. La demande relève de l'urgence tant il s'agit désormais de permettre à l'Union de se donner les moyens de sortir de la principale crise qu'elle traverse : existentielle.

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How the City of London is preparing for a hard Brexit

14277586480 2e2516ef84 zTheresa May has made clear that the UK government’s Brexit strategy is to leave the single market and customs union. It ends months of speculation over whether or not it will be a “hard” or “soft” Brexit. The one audience that was prepared for this, it seems, was the City of London. In fact, The CityUK, the finance industry’s main lobby group, recently published a list of its key Brexit priorities for the UK’s financial services industry. It had one glaring omission: it did not ask the government to maintain its financial passporting rights.

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Behind the bravado: why Theresa May has to play hardball on hard Brexit

29901196913 b513e2eabd zEven prior to the formal start of what is likely to be a long tournament, the players are taking their seats at the poker table. They’re puffing their chests, turning stone-faced, sternly glaring at each other in the eye. They’re looking at the hand they’ve been dealt and deciding what strategy to pursue. Winning does not depend on having a strong hand but rather on persuading your opponent that you do. And so, as Theresa May delivered the final few sentences of her speech on her plan for Brexit, the thinly veiled threat was issued: “No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.”

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Four scenarios that give hope to the world in 2017

hopeThe year 2017 opens on a world laid to waste. Some areas are littered with mass graves. For future historians, 2016 will be seen as a turning point in human history, one of those times when the world teeters on a precipice. Despite the cataclysmic risks of the Cold War, times have not been as dangerous as these since 1945. Freedom and the rule of law are under threat. Now, more than ever, we need principled leaders with an understanding of history.

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