I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. I won’t be posting any more this year, as I have some work I need to finish before going on holidays. During the new year, I hope to be able to continue to post at least once a week, hopefully on Fridays, but later otherwise.
I have plenty of posts I’ve started writing that need finishing as well as plenty of ideas for new posts I hope you will find as interesting as I do.
Europe and its integration remain in flux in the depressing economic and political aftermath of the financial crisis. Extremist right-wing parties seem to go from strength to strength casting a shadow not dissimilar to that cast in the 1930s when the liberal central parties seem to have lost the confidence of the electorates across Europe. Things are not quite as bad as then, but the Europe we live in now seems rather different from the one we lived in 10 years ago and our “new normal” is clearly more depressing than our past.
Nevertheless, much remains to be done. Will the deflation and economic inequalities that plague our continent, the fiscal competition of the single market, the continued exposure to asymmetric shocks and Russian triggers of a military threat push us towards more European integration in 2015? Or a British exit from the EU, civil war in Spain, more instability or even a default in Greece, failure in France and reform delay at continental level create continue to accumulate until discontent reaches a critical mass that it will be impossible to not breakup with the past?
I don’t know either. So hang around and let’s find out!
See you next year!