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Goodbye Britain, but unity of Europe continues to be tested

While the EU stood firm on Brexit, it has yet to address bigger underlying problems. Italian defiance of Brussels looms as a next big challenge.

The European Union leaders who met yesterday for an emergency summit to approve the separation deal between their union and Britain had every reason to feel satisfied both with their conduct in this affair and with the present condition of the European Union.

For, back in 2016 when the British narrowly voted to leave the EU, the fear in European capitals was that this would be the start of a trend which will spread throughout the continent and lead to the unravelling of the European Union.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2018, with the headline 'Goodbye Britain, but unity of Europe continues to be tested'. Print Edition | Subscribe