General Article Come together, right now: countries are working with neighbours like never before

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Come together, right now: countries are working with neighbours like never before

Nicola Yeates, The Open University

The European Union has never been so unpopular among its member populations; for many political parties across the continent, the whole EU project of integration and co-operation is dying, or was a mistake in the first place.

So it may come as surprise that, all over the world, deeper regional integration is favoured as a promising solution to a range of seemingly intractable social problems.

Across South America, Africa, Asia and Europe the potential development dividends of strengthening regional social regulation, social stan

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