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The EU’s Eastward Enlargement and the Illiberal Turn
by Milada Anna Vachudova
“What keeps European states committed to the EU project has not changed: it is economically much better to be inside the bloc than outside.”
Social Policy and the New Middle Class in Central and Eastern Europe
by Tomasz Inglot
“The region has seen a radical shift from widespread unemployment to labor shortages, a historic expansion in higher-education opportunities, and unprecedented mass migration to the West.” Seventh in a series on social mobility around the world.
Consumers Demand More in Postsocialist Bulgaria
by Yuson Jung
“What do consumer rights actually mean in a context in which citizens are unsure whether there is even a functioning judicial system...?”
Germany’s Post-2015 Immigration Dilemmas
by Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos
“The German experience shows that liberal democracies are able to develop effective policies and maintain the support of voters when they demonstrate that immigration is in the public interest and can be well managed.”
Perspective: 1989 and After: Morality and Truth in Postcommunist Societies
by Vladimir Tismaneanu
Nations that endured communist dictatorships must come to terms with the traumas of the past before durable democracies can take hold—a lesson the author learned firsthand in Romania.
Books: The Trouble With Overcoming the Ancien Régime
by Holly Case
An ambitious attempt to trace the uneven progress toward liberal democracy over several centuries of European history may have drawn the wrong conclusions for dealing with today’s illiberals.
The Stillbirth of the Catalan Republic
by Diego Muro
“Legality and legitimacy must be reconciled to address political disaffection and find a more stable accommodation for Catalonia within Spain.”
Northern Ireland’s Twenty Years of Troubled Peace
by David Mitchell
“It remains an open question whether power-sharing can operate with sufficient mutual trust when the main parties have diametrically opposed aspirations for the future of the region.”
Disillusioned with Dayton in Bosnia-Herzegovina
by Azra Hromadzic
“[T]hrough the complicated, long-term effects of converging postwar and postsocialist forces, the Bosnian state continues to be emptied of its citizens.”
The Push for Proactive Climate Adaptation in Europe
by Laura Booth and Anthony Patt
“Europeans are taking the risks presented by climate change seriously, and responding.” Sixth in a series on climate adaptation around the world.
Perspective: The Radical Right’s Gains in the Heart of Europe
by David Art
Xenophobic nationalists have entered Germany’s federal parliament and Austria’s ruling coalition. Will the far right shed its pariah status or will it succumb to infighting as it has in the past?
Books: Intimate Explorations of Postsocialist Lives
by Maria Todorova
Two books offer different takes on everyday life in Bulgaria since 1989, one a lament for the loss of social solidarity, the other a lyrical portrait of a wild frontier region.
The European Union in an Illiberal World
by Karen E. Smith
“[A] more mercurial United States, less consistent in its support for European integration, could force the EU to rely more on itself.”
Labor’s Travails in Postcommunist Eastern Europe
by Rudra Sil
“After the fall of communism, the restructuring of labor became an integral part of the larger project of building democracy and markets.” Sixth in a series on labor relations around the world.