EU leaders have never been more divided about the very nature of the project – with Merkel, Macron and Orban split on fundamental issues

On Thursday the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, warned that the future of the EU depended on whether it could find answers to the question of migration. But as difficult as the issue of migration is, it is actually just one element of the hugely complex challenge facing the EU, which is divided along multiple, overlapping faultlines that have developed over the last decade and seem to be deepening.

The future of the European project depends not just on whether the EU can deal effectively with refugees  in the Mediterranean, but also on whether it can find a way to reconcile diverging conceptions of what Europe should be.

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