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At the start of 2017, many feared that the European project would experience a near-breakdown within the next year. The United Kingdom had decided to leave the European Union, the United States had elected a president who cheered the Brexiteers on, and populists running in the French and German elections posed a clear danger to European integration.The European project has not only survived, but may be gaining new momentum.Since then, Macron has launched or proposed one initiative after another to strengthen EU institutions, while taking a lead in European foreign policy.All told, the "BTP effect" – Brexit, Trump, Putin – has convinced even skeptical Europeans that EU-level cooperation is necessary.In March 2019, Britain will leave the EU, with or without a divorce agreement. Then, in May, come elections to the European Parliament, and new leaders will be appointed for the EU's core institutions. Macron is anxiously awaiting a new government in Berlin.
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