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A United Europe, The Stakes Couldn't Be Higher

The world is becoming divided again as China takes the USSR's place facing the United States. This new situation makes the European project more relevant than ever, exactly at the moment it is most in jeopardy.

Protester wearing European flag as mask in Kiev, Ukraine
Protester wearing European flag as mask in Kiev, Ukraine
Dominique Moisi

PARIS — Europe today finds itself facing a double existential challenge. The first is external and essentially geopolitical in nature. The second is a social and political nature. Geopolitics drives Europe towards more unity, but politics is more difficult than ever. How can this dilemma be solved? This is the question Europeans will need to answer in the coming weeks.

In a world that many still love to describe as a-polar, a new bipolarity is slowly but surely establishing itself. Russia can score points in the Middle East, build ties on the African continent, or support the "legitimate regime" of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, but it still does not have the means to revert to what it was in the days of the USSR. China has taken its place de facto next to the United States. Europe does not figure in the "big league," but does not mean it should not exist in the international arena. In fact, it's the exact opposite.

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A man walks on a tank left behind by Russian troops, on display in Kyiv’s Mykhailivska Square.

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