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Europe in Review 2016

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The biggest events that shaped the European Union in 2016.

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Eurocorps soldiers in front of the EU parliament in Strasbourg. "An Spain. Photo: also gave the EU military plan a new sense of urgency. The president-elect said in his campaign that the US might no longer defend Nato allies and that he might make a deal Announcing the military headquarters and said she had lost count of how many times she had said the project was “not … an EU army”. THE POTENTIAL OF A SUPERPOWER France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, the core group in the EU that wanted to press ahead, also said in a joint paper in October: “To be The words were meant to allay anti-federalist sentiments in EU states, but on other occasions the rhetoric was more strident. “potential of a superpower”. Italy has said the EU military headquarters and battlegroups should be the nucleus of a future “European Integrated Force”. A French minister also said: “This is heart - they would like to create a European army”. The semantics of what is taking shape in Brussels recall the 20th century Belgian meaning “This is not a pipe.” Italy, and Spain to seek allies to trigger a clause on accelerated military cooperation in Upcoming steps could also include EU institutions leasing military assets, such as member states to be used in new EU medical and logistics headquarters. 'THE BEST POSSIBLE APPROACH' Germany's defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said military integration was as badly needed as EU freedom of movement to restore faith in the euro and to pave the way for deeper monetary union. However, it remains to be seen if the project will win back trust in EU governments and institutions, as France and Germany hoped. It also remains to be seen how the security environment will change after Trump takes power in January. If Europe wants to make sure that the US keeps on protecting its old friends, the "not ... an EU army" project could be counterproductive, the UK warned. headquarters or dreaming of a European army, what Europe needs to do now is spend more on its own defence," the British defence referring to the national military budgets approach to the Trump presidency," he said. 28 — EUROPE IN REVIEW DECEMBER 2016

2016 in pictures Cologne women were sexually assaulted by young men around the main train station. Many of the alleged aggressors were on chancellor Angela and giving a boost to antimigrant movements. Brussels the city and arrested. Photo:Nikolaj Nielsen Karadzic Radovan Karadzic was sentenced to 40 years in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was found guilty of war crimes and genocide for the shelling of and the massacre of Muslims in Srebrenica in the 1990s. Photo:ICTY EUROPE IN REVIEW DECEMBER 2016— 29

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