written-elsewherePublished 22nd June 2017
“Britain is leaving the EU – just as Europe is on the up” was the title of an article recently published in the Guardian’s opinion pages. It’s not alone – a number of similar pieces have been found across the liberal mainstream press over the past few days. The song that centrist voices now sing together is one of a new dynamic in the EU thanks to a refreshed Franco-German partnership. Macron will ‘modernise’ France’s economy to bring it in line with the German government’s expectations in terms of fiscal policy, and Merkel will give ground and consider some of the new French president’s ambitious proposals for EU reform. Moreover, populisms have been dealt a blow across the continent, unemployment is coming down, and citizens report they are increasingly satisfied with the EU in surveys – Brexit couldn’t have come at a worse time.