European Union

What next for E.U.?

Print edition : July 22, 2016

Voting papers are handed to the Deputy Speaker after a vote on the Maastricht Treaty in the U.K. House of Commons in London. The exercise saw the House approve an amendment relating to the composition of the European Community for the regions by a 314-292 vote. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Supporters of the campaign against the Lisbon Treaty during the count of the ballots at the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin on June 13, 2008. The vote was against the treaty by 53.8 per cent, but Ireland was made to vote again until a more satisfactory result was obtained. Photo: PETER MUHLY/AFP

Marine Le Pen, French Far-Right leader who hopes to win the next presidential election in 2017, commented the day after the Brexit result was announced that the E.U. had "become a prison of peoples". Photo: Kamil Zihnioglu/AP

It will be tragic indeed if the European Union collapses under the weight of its own contradictions only to yield to the petty and xenophobic forms of national neoliberalism that are currently the most forceful alternative to neoliberal economic integration.

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