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March 2017
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.”

March 2017
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.

March 2017
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...”

March 2017
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.”

March 2017
What Brexit Means for Britain
by Matthew Goodwin
“[T]he drift toward Brexit reflected a slow but persistent shift in the overall structure and attitudes of the country’s electorate.”

March 2017
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.

March 2017
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.

March 2017
Month in Review: January 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in January, country by country, day by day.

March 2017
Map of Europe
by the editors of Current History
Map

March 2016
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.

March 2016
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.”

March 2016
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.”

March 2016
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.”

March 2016
To the Brink and Back in Greece
by Manos Matsaganis
“[O]rdinary Greeks intuitively understood better than many outsiders that the country had little future cut off from Europe.”

March 2016
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.

March 2016
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.

March 2016
The Month in Review: January 2016
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in January, country by country, day by day.

March 2016
Map of Europe
by the editors of Current History
Map

March 2015
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. . . .”

March 2015
“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. . . .”

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