Merkel is weaker, fringe parties are gaining steam across the Schengen Area, uncertainty hangs over Italy’s March elections, Macron’s EU reforms seem increasingly unpalatable, and, not to be bested, a Brexiteering UK is gearing up for the most contentious year in its process of national self-immolation.

But there are also some small reasons for optimism in all this. Altamar’s Muni Jensen and Peter Schechter, both foreign policy specialists, spoke to Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss Europe’s current malaise, underlying causes, and why maybe not all is as lost as it seems. To listen to the Altamar podcast, click here.

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About the Hosts

Peter Schechter works in both politics and policy. He served as the Atlantic Council’s senior vice president for strategic initiative and previously co-founded a premier strategic communications company, working as a political campaign advisor in more than 20 countries.  Muni Jensen is a former Colombian diplomat, columnist, and television political commentator.