Europe

Unstable EU could split into its Eastern and Western halves

BY Walter Ellis | tweet Waltroon   /  4 January 2019

The European Union is in trouble. Deep trouble. And Brexit, two-and-a-half years on from the 2016 referendum, is arguably the least of its problems.

Money – or the lack of it – continues to haunt the treasuries of the 27. Italy is perilously close to junk status; France, after the predations of the gilets-jaunes, is suddenly committed to a hike in the minimum wage that will cost the exchequer in excess of €10 billion; while Germany faces the prospect of an economic downturn led by a calamitous slump in car sales.

Just as crucially, there has been zero progress on the crisis of mass-immigration, which continues to plague politics right across the 27.


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