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The immense geopolitical challenges facing the EU’s next leaders

The European Union must redefine its role on the continent and further afield  

By Zoe Alipranti  

Photo: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/PA Images

A current of polarisation and fragmentation is sweeping across European politics. That was reflected in the unwieldy and challenging process of settling the next round of top EU jobs—a process that was always going to be complex due to considerations of gender and nationality. It remains to be seen if Ursula von der Leyen will be approved as President of the European Commission and indeed whether the rest of the package will be signed off, but the wider issues that will define the EU’s next…

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