non American POV about the last year: https://www.socialeurope.eu/halt-global-trade-growth-rise-neo-mercantilism - (The writing has been on the wall for a while, this article is almost a year old and recognized the rise of protectionist practices, which the author himself in later articles recognizes as necessary considering the EUs one size fits all policy which helps no one in the long term, least of all the EU) https://www.socialeurope.eu/new-reforms-envisaged-brussels-path-towards-austerity-italy (Covers European Safe Bonds or ESBs "The intent is to provide the European banking system with a very liquid monetary instrument (the senior AAA tranche of ESBs) that should hopefully replace the prevailing role of government bonds as collateral in the interbank lending market." - This has echos of the monetary elasticity sought by those that made the US Federal Reserve. While ESBs might be limited now, someday they could be totally unrestrained alongside many other "European" options that are designed to kill domestic banking power) https://www.socialeurope.eu/rescuing-veneto-banks-cost-less-indirect-nationalization (covers the predictable downsides of the loss of National ability to deal with monetary issues, as allowing such would allow the unilateral intra-border negotiations between citizens and their elected government that would be to the detriment of "the union" as a whole, which totally isn't trying to become the United States of America sans constitution. Combine this with the ESBs and increasing unelected power of the German-sympathizing flush members of the EU (if the EU can survive its own idiotic policies) and a best case has Europe under the thumb of an authoritarian supranational governing body that has already shown a habit of making power plays against the little people) Never thought I'd be jealous of Chinese Citizens, but at least their officials can identify the best path forward for their nation and not just those that helped them get into office. Still glad America isn't giving those Chinese rat bastards any Paris Climate Agreement money!