New Europe is old enough to remember the mid-Noughties, the last European honeymoon years. Angela Merkel had just been elected Chancellor, the largest to-date wave of enlargement had been successfully completed and the Euro seemed to deliver for all. Peace and prosperity had finally been achieved for all. We had it so good that the bloc was looking for a new raison d’être.
The “Green Union” seemed to be a comfortable new endeavour, then history returned as a financial crisis and we had to back...

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