The year 2016
The globalisation of our world continued in 2016, bringing about many political and economic changes.
An even more integrated global economy with multinational trade agreements is faced with trends back towards national interests. Especially in Europe, this development, which is politically rightwing in orientation, was reinforced by the Middle East refugee problem.
The Brexit vote meant that the United Kingdom became the first country to position itself against the European Union. Right-wing populist parties are also gaining in importance in other European countries. However, Europe must not fall apart if it is to hold its own against the emerging regions in Asia and America. On the contrary, we need to consolidate and use our economic strength, our cultural values and our high level of education to secure prosperity, peace and success. Going back to nation states would be fatal.
Stefan Messer, Bad Soden 2016.