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Europe’s “elite” is united on Brexit—but not much else

A third of the "elites" want deeper integration, while another third want powers returned to member states

By Thomas Raines  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Cautiously, optimism is returning to the European Union. The political mood is often a relative judgement and compared to Donald Trump’s America and Theresa May’s Britain, the EU, for so long hamstrung by multiple crises, now looks in relatively good health, as economic growth returns and populist parties struggle for electoral breakthroughs.

Brexit is a case in point. Predictions that Britain’s vote to leave would unleash forces of fragmentation seem misplaced. Rather, the UK’s decision to…

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