Out of the frying pan and into the fire. After a year scarred by referendums that hurled defiance at Brussels, climaxing in Britain’s June vote to quit the bloc, the European Union is bracing for more storms in 2017, starting with the landfall of “Hurricane Donald” from across the Atlantic.

The U.S. president-elect was the elephant in the room at the EU’s last summit of 2016. EU leaders rushed to extend their sanctions against Russia for six months over its destabilization of Ukraine, mindful that the incoming U.S. president has expressed solidarity with President Vladimir Putin and that his designated secretary of state has voiced opposition to sanctions.

Source: Europe hunkers down for Hurricane Donald – POLITICO