The EU is 'under strain' but must turn crisis into opportunity
"Many considered 2014 to have been an 'annus horribilis'. Domestically, the member states found themselves under pressure from growing populist movements, fuelled by the social discontent caused by the economic downturn. Externally, we have faced unprecedented crises in the European neighbourhood, which transformed our ring of friends in the east and south into a dangerous 'ring of fire'. The recent tragic events in Paris and Ukraine demonstrate that we cannot shield ourselves from the conflicts around us. However, every crisis also brings an opportunity for reinvigoration, and the current Latvian EU council presidency offers a chance to tackle some key issues facing Europe” I argue in my latest article for the Parliament Magazine.