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From a European perspective, 2019 promises to be another difficult year, dominated by large challenges that could easily turn into menacing crises. Barring a major reversal, the United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union on March 29 . France will likely remain beset by populist protests, diminishing its potential to take a lead role in the pursuit of EU-level reforms.Moreover, the European Parliament election in May could well deliver a nationalist majority or near-majority, which would then determine the next members of the European Commission, the leaders of the European Council and European Central Bank, and the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.In the face of these foreseeable challenges, the survival of the European project itself is at stake.In reality, only a united Europe is up to the task, which is why next year's European elections are so important. If populism wins, Europe loses.It doesn't help that most of the great changes to the international order over the past few decades have come at Europe's expense. The crises threatening Europe will unfold relentlessly and for all to see.
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