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The Monitor's View Europe’s post-Brexit identity search

A Sept. 16 summit of the remaining EU leaders must start a deep search for what binds the European Union other than economic convenience and preventing war and atrocities. 

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On Sept. 16, the European Union holds its first summit since Britain voted in June to leave the EU. The number of leaders at the gathering will be down by only one, from 28 to 27. Yet the loss of a major player like Britain – and the prospect of losing more member states – merely adds to an identity crisis for the bloc. The summit should be a moment to create a higher sense of the EU – one that unifies through shared principles more than shared prosperity.

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