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Happy New Year! 2012 saw continuing crisis in the eurozone, growing Euroscepticism and populism in some corners of Europe, faltering transitions in Egypt and elsewhere, more violence in Syria, a new leadership in China, and both Putin II and Obama II. So what will 2013 hold? Gazing into our crystal balls, we came up with the following ideas (although it's fair to say that we were divided on many of them). Whatever happens, we wish you a good 2013!
And a word about how well we did with our predictions last year:
Pro-Europeans should create space for battles between competing visions of Europe
Syria’s war economy is encouraging profiteers to prolong the conflict
On the nature of the reform agenda.
Marta Dassù on ECFR trip to Moscow and on how Russia sees the Ukrainian crisis
Stefan Meister on the escalation in Eastern Ukraine
Josef Janning on separatist tendencies in Europe
Stefan Meister on the EU's hesitant stance on sanctions