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America in retreat, Europe en Marche

A new wind of hope and optimism is taking hold in Brussels and other European capitals these days

Sylvie Kauffmann | NYT  |  Paris 

As British conservatives licked their wounds a week ago, and French voters were electing hundreds of rookies to Parliament to strengthen the hand of President Emmanuel Macron, Ukrainians, at last, had a reason to celebrate — and they did, partying by the thousands in Kiev. For them, June 11 was the dawn of the long-awaited era of visa-free travel to Europe. One local magazine called it “Ukraine’s Berlin Wall moment.” This event, little noticed in the midst of so many political upheavals, is a fresh sign that Europe is moving forward. Giving some 45 million ...

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 13:02 IST