EU, still the safest haven

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As re­cent po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments demon­strate, Europe is fac­ing big ex­is­ten­tial chal­lenges.

The forces which are pulling the 28-mem­ber bloc apart are grow­ing stronger and stronger. The trends of pop­ulism and iso­la­tion­ism are on the rise, although, as man­i­fested in the re­cent Dutch elec­tions – where the elec­torate de­nied the bid by the Party for Free­dom (PVV) of “the Dutch Trump,” Geert Wilders, to be­come the big­gest party in par­lia­ment – their preva­lence should not be treated as an in­evitable fact.

A sig­nif­i­cant part of the Greek pub­lic has lost its con­fi­dence in the Euro­pean project. This comes as lit­tle sur­prise given the fact that the coun­try is al­ready in the eighth year of an un­prece­dented fi­nan­cial cri­sis, and that there is, for now, no light at the end of the tun­nel.

Despair of­ten re­sults in ma­jor his­tor­i­cal mis­takes. This is some­thing that we need to avoid. Great as the un­cer­tainty about the fu­ture of the Euro­pean Union may be, it still re­mains the safest haven for a coun­try like Greece.

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