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The EU’s Democratic Deficit and the Public Sphere
by Jan-Werner Müller
“The EU will not become something like a traditional nation-state anytime soon, and no supranational public sphere is likely to ever replace national public spheres.” Fifth in a series on public spheres around the world.
An East-West Split in the EU?
by Anna Grzymala-Busse
“Eastern Europe remains poorer and less democratically experienced than Western Europe, but there are as many differences within the regions as between them.”
Cultural Diversity and Its Limits in Western Europe
by Rahsaan Maxwell
“The next generation of diverse Europeans will inhabit a world in which cultural mixtures are standard and historical nation-states are the starting points rather than the final definition of culture.”
Europe’s Social Safety Net Under Pressure
by Giuliano Bonoli
“It is [the] two-track labor market, rather than austerity, that is the biggest threat to the persistence of the European social model.”
Perspective: Is Germany Really an Environmental Leader?
by Miranda A. Schreurs
The Germans have been early adopters of green standards, and the state has set ambitious renewable-energy targets. But industrial lobbies can still thwart regulations, as the Volkswagen scandal revealed.
Books: The EU’s Indistinct Identity
by Gerard Delanty
While the European Union has embedded itself in ordinary life through administrative integration and cultural symbols, this “banal authority” may not be enough to handle tough political tests.
Europe’s Tragic Political Economy
by Erik Jones
“[T]he deeper problem is that European policy makers emphasize consensus over solidarity, pay more attention to principle than to interdependence, and weaken common institutions. . . .”
“Crisis” and Reality in European Immigration Policy
by Adam Luedtke
“[N]ationalism drives public impulses to crack down on immigration, yet the only effective way to increase immigration control is to cooperate with other nations—that is, by pooling resources and sovereignty. . . .”
Europe’s Embers of Nationalism
by Brendan O’Leary
“There are dangerous sparks and embers of national, ethnic, and cultural conflict throughout the continent, capable of causing new conflicts and reanimating old ones, but they are mostly subdued by historical standards.” Sixth in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.
The New Russian Chill in the Baltic
by Mark Kramer
“Nearly every senior official in Poland and the Baltic countries expressed great unease. Political leaders and military commanders in the region increasingly warned that Putin was intent on undermining NATO’s resolve to protect their countries.”
Perspective: Germany Rethinks Its Role in the World
by Hans Kundnani
Even as Berlin has taken a central role in the eurozone and Ukraine crises, Germans continue to debate whether their foreign policy should go beyond the imperatives of “geo-economic” power.
Books: Which Way Out?
by Jan-Werner Müller
In his new book, the German sociologist Claus Offe analyzes the vicious circles of the Eurocrisis with unrivaled precision. Like others, though, his policy prescriptions tend toward unrealistic hopes.
Britain and Europe: The End of the Affair?
by Matthias Matthijs
“Through a renegotiation of its own fundamental membership terms, Britain wants to reform Europe from within—but by staying out of the euro it refuses to be at the core of European policy making.”
The Far Right and the European Elections
by Cas Mudde
“[N]either the far right nor the ‘anti-European populists’ are on track to win a significant victory in the upcoming European Parliament elections.”