Only a decade ago, Europe was still heralded by supporters as a model for the world’s future. It was like Walt Disney’s original version of EPCOT writ large, the argument ran—an Experimental Prototype Continent of Tomorrow.

That was then. After a decade of economic crises and political turmoil, stalled halfway between national and regional sovereignty, Europe is no longer sailing proudly forward but drifting aimlessly close to dangerous shoals. The main risks to the continent now are political, with crucial elections approaching that will determine whether the EU continues or abandons its quest for ever-greater collaboration and

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