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23rd Mar 2017

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EU legitimacy in question

From lost referendums to growing contention of the EU's role in policies, people's commitment to the European project has diminished further this year.

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Europe in Review 2016

EUobserver wishes you a new Europe! This year's Europe in Review edition looks back at all the events of 2016 that will define the coming year.

News in Brief

  1. Man arrested in Antwerp after trying to mow people down
  2. Marine Le Pen goes to Russia
  3. Dutch post-election talks prioritise green-right coalition
  4. EU summons Turkish envoy over threats to Europeans
  5. British police make first arrests in London terror probe
  6. EU commission has received Facebook reply on WhatsApp
  7. Rome expects thousands of protesters at summit
  8. Dijsselbloem says his comments had 'Dutch directness'

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The rise and shine of Visegrad

The V4 countries - Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - has turned the EU's migration policy around. They now set their sights on reshaping the union.

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Refugee crisis, the vain search for solidarity

The EU's migration policy in 2016 was marked by a record number of deaths at the Mediterranean and deep rifts among member states on how to handle asylum.

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Brexit by accident

The British vote to leave the EU was, in large part, the product of neglect and circumstance. But it is also too late to put the genie back in the bottle.

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Trade: Is Europe still open for business?

EU trade policy has become a target for environmentalists, transparency advocates and populists alike, casting a doubt whether Europe can still close trade deals.

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Dieselgate: The year that went up in smoke

The outrage at Volkswagen's industrial-scale emissions cheating has not subsided, but the EU and Germany have done little to punish the automaker or provide compensation to its customers.

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Barrosogate and the revolt of public opinion

Just days after Britain’s vote to leave the EU, the bloc was rocked by the news that commission ex-president, Jose Manuel Barroso, had landed a top job with Goldman Sachs.

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Trump: The day that shook the Western world

The election of the property magnate after a campaign marked by racism, sexism and "post-truth" arguments will have consequences for EU security, politics and public debate.

EU in 2016: Reports of death exaggerated?

EU states will, this year, try to save Schengen by sealing external borders and try to keep Britain in the Union: A big agenda, which makes normal EU law-making look small.

EUobserver wishes you a Happy New Year

EUobserver will continue to report on the EU exactly as it is - good or bad. But let's hope there will be better news to report in 2016.

'Dictator' vindicated

In January, Viktor Orban's inflammatory comments concerning migrants raised eyebrows. By the end of the year, politicians across Europe echoed his sentiments.

Greece seeks stability

In July, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras was a night away from leading his country out of the eurozone. His challenge for the coming year will be to avoid new political tussles.

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Latest News

  1. 'No zero terror risk', EU security commissioner warns
  2. UN could step in where EU fails in child migrant protection
  3. May: London attacker was known to the police
  4. Ending the migrant deal with Turkey may save the EU
  5. Poland unlikely to face EU discipline on rule of law
  6. Rutte courted Wilders' voters, now he must deliver
  7. Barnier to UK: trade talks will come after settling accounts
  8. EU declaration to voice unity in troubled times

Unwanted exodus

The year when borders came back to Europe.

Terrorism shakes Europe

Attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and the Thalys train have revealed a lack of cooperation between member states and put the Schengen area under pressure.

Europe in Review 2015

EUobserver's third annual review looks back at the main events of 2015: Terrorist attacks in France; the migration crisis; Grexit; and the Ukraine conflict. Download or order your copy here.

TTIP's teflon coat wears thin

The prospect of an EU-US trade agreement was one of relatively few sources of comfort for EU lawmakers about the bloc’s struggling economy in 2013.

Birth of the Juncker commission

Reasons for delay abounded: not enough women, an east-west row over the next foreign affairs chief and a Slovenian minidrama. Still, the Juncker commission took office as planned, on 1 November.

The spitzenkandidaten coup

The year 2014 shall go down as the date the European Parliament snatched away the right to nominate a European Commission president from national governments.

Yesterday's VIPs

Jose Manuel Barroso, Catherine Ashton and Herman Van Rompuy bowed out of their jobs leaving small legacies.

LuxLeaks: An opportunity?

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was buffeted by the LuxLeaks revelations just days after he came to office. Yet the longterm effect may be beneficial.

Over the blue horizon

A killing in the Jewish Museum in Brussels and an infant girl in the sea near Crete: fragments of two Middle East conflicts which just got worse.

2015: It's the economy, still

After a year of suspended action, the EU needs to show some results in 2015. But changing political landscapes in member states could prove a distraction.

Analysis

Breaking up is hard to do

For a frenzied 72 hours of campaigning, the future of the United Kingdom was under threat. The 300 year old settlement binding together Scotland and England in danger of being torn up.

UK elections: All bets off

Just months to Britain’s next general election all bets are off. Can one of the beleaguered Conservative or Labour parties stumble across the winning line, or will Ukip's surge continue?

Democracy protests make headway

Pro-democracy protests made some headway in central and eastern Europe, with flawed laws repelled and an underdog candidate winning the Romanian presidential elections.