- September 1, 2016: Vol. 10, Number 08

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Never a dull moment: Once again, Europe stands at the crossroads

by Geoffrey Dohrmann

If you’re like me, you’ve been absolutely barraged over the past several months with invitations to attend briefings and webinars and read blog posts, twitter posts and feature articles proposing to help you understand precisely what the recent vote in the United Kingdom to exit the European Union really means.

The fact of the matter, of course, is that no-one really knows what the implications are going to be.

The EU itself was a long time in forming, with strong interest dating back to the early 1900s in creating some kind of economic alliance to link European commercial and political interests and therefore to pre-empt the development of the kinds of political tensions that eventually led to two catastrophic World Wars within less than 25 years of one another.

Early mover but late developer

Although certainly not his idea, wartime UK prime minister Winston Churchill was a big proponent of the formation of the EU. His vision, howeve

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