2021 started with a bang. On 6 January 2021, a pro-Trump mob broke into the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. The world watched in disbelief as the loser of the 2020 US presidential election, Donald Trump, refused to accept his unambiguous defeat and appeared to be trying to overturn the results.

This wasn’t the only thing to shake European faith in US leadership in 2021. The chaotic US evacuation from Afghanistan and the return of the Taliban to power undermined President Joe Biden’s message that “America is back”. The signing of the AUKUS security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (and the cancelling of a multi-billion euro submarine contract with France) rubbed salt in the wound.

Migration was back in the news. From squabbling between France and Britain over migrant channel crossings, to Belarus’ weaponisation of migration as a way to pressure the EU to end sanctions, analysts warn that the issue is unlikely to go away soon (particularly given economic pressures from the pandemic and the rising number of conflicts and autocratic crackdowns globally).

World leaders met in Glasgow to agree on a plan of action on climate change. Campaigners are generally underwhelmed by the outcome of the COP26 summit. Europe suffered severe floods in 2021, causing several deaths and catastrophic damage in several countries. European public opinion sees climate change as a serious problem that policymakers should tackle, though rising energy prices over the winter may test that resolve.

Meanwhile, the pandemic continues. The full impact of the Omicron variant on healthcare systems is still unclear, though the spike in the number of infections is alarming. Will 2022 be the year the pandemic finally ends?

Was 2021 a good year for Europe? And what will 2022 bring? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    EU-Reform Proactive

    Looking back is good- looking forward is better! Be it by each Nation, the EU27 or Europe47.

    “What will 2022 bring?” I don’t know. What should 2022 bring? Hopefully, better fortunes’ for all.

    Who is responsible for bad, so-so, or good fortunes? The decision-makers in government, Brussels & big business? Are they being guided by science & realism, lobbyists, political pressure or fear?

    To start: what would be the correct choice for future energy generation? Isn’t that a huge future worry? Covid-19, US & other scandals should cease to make the press headlines!

    Quote: “Nuclear power in Germany (still the No1 EU country after France- for how long? (Motto: “Wir schaffen es”) accounted for 13.3% of German electricity supply in 2021, generated by six power plants, of which three were switched off at the end of 2021, the other three due to cease operation at the end of 2022.

    Let’s look at some reputable info:

    https://world-nuclear.org/information-library/current-and-future-generation/nuclear-power-in-the-world-today.aspx

    https://www.iea.org/reports/nuclear-power-in-a-clean-energy-system

    https://www.foronuclear.org/en/updates/in-depth/what-are-the-new-reactors-of-the-future/

    Will our fortunes be left solely in the hands of politicians, spin doctors, or informed voters? Excluded should be the throwing of a die to answer tricky questions- where an odd number means no, an even number yes!

    Happy New Year!

  2. avatar
    István László

    Jővő nemcsak az EU-tól függ! Nektek is vannak hibáitok. Veszteség érte David Sassoli halála az EU-t! A diktátorokat el kell távolitani, az országát felmenteni a fasiszta tolvajokhatása alól. Orbánt el kell vinni mert már annyit lopott, és az Unio nem tett

  3. avatar
    Yannick

    I was particularly annoyed and concerned by the nationalist reflex to COVID, with each country putting out arbitrary rules, all eroding the Schengen freedom of movement agreement. The EU really failed to show leadership and to at least propose common mechanisms, until the COVID pass, which was a noteworthy breakthrough, but it’s still requires serious research to travel: some countries require ag tests, some PCR, some recognise recovery as valid as vaccination and some don’t.. what a mess. The EU could have made guidance based on regions (red green or whatever) to avoid national borders becoming defacto limits.

  4. avatar
    Paul

    What went well ? Started with squabbles over vaccine deployment, countries re-errecting borders…ended with self iinflicted crisis on energy supply & being frozen out of talks between USA & Russia over Ukraine.

  5. avatar
    Крис

    I don’t know about Europe but it was a good year for me with small exceptions. The eurocrats well-being is no concern of mine.

  6. avatar
    José

    Europe turming in to China version 2

    • avatar
      catherine benning

      José

      Every time one European or ‘any other human being buys’ made in China, he or she is giving Chinese authority the backing to rule the world. We are where they get the funding for their power and wealth. Without our collective custom for their goods they would be ‘broke’ and unable to ‘afford’ this progressive rule over us with their imposed objective. So, we are all to blame for this take over of ur lives. Just stop buying everything ‘made in China.’ Return to manufacturing and buying only local produce, including agriculture and pharmaceuticals.. This move alone would uphold the advance to be green. Stop the shipping of their goods and end that subsequent pollution.

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