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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.
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.”