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Then the next year arrives, and Europe is again overwhelmed by events, and becomes trapped again in short-term crisis-response mode.The second area concerns Europe's relationship with Africa. The migration crisis underscored how inextricably linked the two continents' futures are – and how ineffective Europe's Africa policy has been thus far. Europe has a long track record of making – and breaking – promises to change its approach to Africa.After all, Europe now has some serious skin in the game: Unless it works to create opportunities and stabilize governance in Africa, migration pressures will continue and even intensify.The third key area where Europe must make progress in 2018 is in recapturing its role as a global leader on climate policy.Europe should fill the vacuum left behind by the U.S. But, with the Paris climate agreement (from which the Trump administration withdrew earlier this year) now in the crucial rule-setting phase, Europe must act fast, so that it can ensure sensible and responsible cooperation. The fact remains that 2018 is on track to be a year of relative calm for Europe, providing a rare opportunity for the EU to make important progress on deeper, longer-term challenges.
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