Cohesion Crucial

Cherry-Picking Laws Weakens the E.U.

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A "Remain" supporter at a pro-European Union rally after the Britain voted to leave the 28-nation bloc.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Europe can only meet challenges like the refugee crisis when it addresses the root of the problem and pursues a common foreign policy, write the authors.

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    • Europe’s share of the global population is expected to decline from 7.1 percent now to 5.3 percent by 2060.
    • It took more than a year for the bloc to begin implementing a joint policy on migration.
    • E.U. member states have unanimously offered all countries in the western Balkans a concrete prospect concerning admission.
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The European Union has faced many challenges in its history — from rejection of the E.U. constitution in 2005, to threatened cuts in Russian natural gas in 2006 and 2009, to years of financial and economic turmoil, to the current refugee crisis.

All of these tests have one thing in common: The turbulence wasn’t caused by the European Union itself. This is especially true in today’s refugee crisis.

We are left to deal with symptoms of a world that is globalizing rapidly and making citizens anxious. The world won’t adapt to Europe, so Europe must adapt to the world.

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