It is not an understatement to say that European democracy is experiencing its biggest setback since the 1930s
Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
Centralisation of power in the executive, politicisation of the judiciary, attacks on media independence and lack of trust in the traditional political parties are just some of the symptoms of the current widespread crisis of democracy. It is not an understatement to say that European democracy is experiencing its biggest setback since the 1930s and that traditional models of participation seem ill-equipped to cope with the acceleration of change.
The EU's effort to outsource control of its borders has come at a high cost, and is likely to be unsustainable
Luigi Scazzieri
The main thrust of the EU's response to the migration crisis has been to enlist the co-operation of third countries in an attempt to better control its own borders. The EU struck a deal with Turkey in March 2016, and supported Italy's efforts to co-operate with Libyan authorities in policing their coasts better and cracking down on people-smuggling.
 
Caroline de Gruyter
Last week, European heads of state and government moved to protect European companies that do business with Iran from US sanctions. In this, they have the law on their side. Under the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015, Western companies are allowed to do business with Iran in return for the country's suspension of much of its nuclear programme and submission to a stringent inspection regime.
 
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