Dear Reader, Dear Members and Friends,
2017 is a decisive year for Europe: negotiations on the Brexit and elections in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Norway will throw light on the future direction of the European Union. At the same time, uncertainty about the future Italian government and the continuing high financial needs of Greece are a considerable strain on the EU economy.
On top of this, we need to work on maintaining member states, our traditional transatlantic partnership with the U.S. and stand up for free international trade. All this requires a strong European Union. Only together can we secure peace and prosperity. We need to remember that they were only possible through the joint efforts of the EU members.
Let us stay optimistic and continue our good work.