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In 2003, when the European Union drafted its first security strategy, the continent's citizens lived in a seemingly safe world.Indeed, at least 10 Turkish cities are now home to more refugees than original inhabitants, and more Syrian refugees are living in Istanbul than in all the EU countries combined.As a matter of statistics, the EU can clearly accommodate 1 million or more refugees. This would amount to just 0.2 percent of the EU's total population – far less than the number of people that member countries will need to admit in the coming decades to replenish their aging workforces.Confidence in the EU has increased from 48 percent to 58 percent during the last three years, after a period of steady decline; skepticism about the European project dropped from 46 percent to 36 percent.Increasingly, the EU is coming to be seen as a practical – and absolutely essential – mechanism for a group of small countries to work together to meet their common challenges. The people of the EU are indeed waking up to a world that is more dangerous, divided and disorienting.
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