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Top-level discussion glum on state of EU

A clutch of academics, policy-makers and politicians gathered in Brussels on Wednesday (2 October) for a glum and angst-ridden debate on the state of the European Union.

The discussion contained many of the perennial internal and external complaints about the EU - that it lacks charismatic leaders and a single external voice - coupled with more recent doubts about the threat of prolonged economic stagnation and, with EU elections next year, waning popular support.\n \nChristopher Pissar...

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