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Jan Peter Balkenende

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Agenda for Europe

Published On: May 6, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Jan Peter Balkenende

AMSTERDAM – The European Union has spent much of the past decade managing crises, and has even faced a possible threat to its continued existence. Popular attitudes toward the EU have soured, too. Whereas citizens were generally positive about the first two waves of European integration in the 1950s and 1980s, they have been increasingly critical of the EU since at least 2008-2009, if not earlier. The key question in Europe nowadays is this: are we better off with or without each other?