Which way forward? Europe divided on post-Brexit path

Whatever the results of the British referendum on whether or not to quit the EU, heavyweights France and Germany -- both founding members of the bloc -- will find themselves under pressure to defend what's left of their vision for EuropeEuropeans will have to struggle to drag the EU out of the doldrums after Britain’s vote Thursday, with a public hostile to further integration while Berlin and Paris are at odds over the way forward. Whatever the results of the British referendum on whether or not to quit the EU, heavyweights France and Germany — both founding members of the bloc — will find themselves under pressure to defend what’s left of their vision for Europe. “Attempting to maintain the status quo and remaining immobile would amount to political suicide”, as the UK vote could push other countries to also seek their own referendum, warned the Institut Montaigne in France.

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