Germany’s next government will face a number of challenges on the European level. Britain’s departure from the EU, Italy’s debt problem and questions over future integration will be just some of the items on the agenda.
As European Union leaders meet in Brussels for the last time this year, three major items dominate the agenda: Brexit, defense and migration. However, Emmanuel Macron's push for eurozone reforms will likely have to wait.
The EU has given the formal green light for a second phase of negotiations on Britain's departure from the bloc. The talks will now focus on a transition period and the future trading relationship between the two sides.
Germany's Angela Merkel has said she wants to establish a joint proposal with France on reforms to the eurozone by next March. The French president has been pushing for a shared eurozone budget and governance structure.
Brexit threatens the peace in Northern Ireland, says Jonathan Powell, one of the architects of the peace process. The UK's recent agreement with the EU has not solved the problem of the Irish border, he tells DW.
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