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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.
Angela Merkel’s Leadership in the Refugee Crisis
by Joyce Marie Mushaben
“What Merkel’s critics underestimate is the extent to which her proactive policies of the past decade encouraging integration and ‘intercultural opening’ have produced an even bigger paradigm shift...”
The French State of Emergency
by Jennifer Fredette
“Underlying the debate on the state of emergency and terrorism are deep tensions over the place of religion in French public life. Or more specifically, the place of Islam.”
Perspective: Shape-Shifting Illiberalism in East-Central Europe
by Holly Case
In Hungary and Poland, populist leaders with authoritarian tendencies have drawn on the cynical power-holding playbooks of the old communist regimes whose traces they vowed to erase.
Books: Where Did the Euro Go Wrong?
by Barry Eichengreen
The euro crisis may have been an inevitable result of the ideologically driven arguments for adopting the common currency—or of incompatible national economic philosophies.
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. . . .”