Brexit will soon become a reality, with Great Britain initiating its legal separation from the European Union. Meanwhile, an influx of West Asian refugees has given the continent its biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. This might also be one of the reasons for the rising tide of right-wing nationalism that is taking centre stage in Europe.
France has remained in a state of Emergency since the horrific November 2015 terrorist attack in Paris, in which 130 people were killed and over 350 injured. There has never been a better time, it would seem, to hear out a prominent European statesman. Nicolas Sarkozy (NS), 62, led the world’s ninth largest economy and fifth largest military power from 2007 to 2012. His keynote interaction at the Conclave with senior journalist Karan Thapar (KT), on ‘Globalism in the Age of Protection: The Balance of Interests’, dealt with the unpredictability of global politics and the challenges facing today’s world