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The World in 2020 - Europe

Forever changed by two World Wars, grandeurized by riches of pillage from colonial victims and reinvented into the modern behemoth trade and integration pact - the European Union (EU), Europe in 2020, will continue with its experiment to deliver a more economically sound, viable, unified and secure continent for Europeans. 

Secured by the military alliance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Europe, and especially the 28-members of the EU, has made remarkable strides forward in the past 25-years. Unimpeded border-free movement and employment of citizens within the union stands to strengthen deeper integration in 2020.

Yet, Europe will experience many tests in 2020. The continued participation in the EU of Poland and Hungary could prove more problematic in 2020. Moreover, the evidential impact of right wing groups in Italy, Austria and Germany could impact the smooth operations of the EU. Migrant questions will remain in 2020 as well as meddling by Russia in the Nordics, in the Balkans, in Ukraine and elsewhere on the continent.

While small Luxembourg will maintain its financial industry dominance in 2020, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece could suffer financial setbacks. Spain in particular will inherit political and social upheavals in 2020 brought to wrought by the hard handedness dealt to Catalan leaders.

Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland are poised for greater economic returns in 2020. Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia will share a wider common fear from Russian interference in 2020.

France is set to retain its cultural and social greatness in 2020 but it will have to address a growing social dissent because of government actions to change pensions and employment benefits within the Republique.

The pipeline from Russia to provide energy to Germany offers problematic issues in 2020, yet its completion could result in a better cooperating Russia from Germany prodding.    

Prior frustrations surrounding Brexit should subside within the EU in 2020 as the pact bids farewell to the United Kingdom (UK). While the process to Brexit might appear to ease, lingering questions per the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland will remain in respect to borders and eventual sovereignty.

Europe, despite many issues, looks good for 2020. The EU, NATO, democracy, good human rights and the rule of law are the tenets to political stability and economic prosperity on the continent.