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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. . . .”

March 2015
Hungary’s Illiberal Democracy
by Abby Innes
“Hungarian political and economic stresses over the past 25 years have been in many ways a magnified version of those afflicting Western Europe.”

March 2015
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.

March 2015
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.”

March 2015
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.

March 2015
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.

March 2015
The Month in Review: January 2015
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in January, country by country, day by day.

March 2015
Map of Europe
by the editors of Current History
Map

March 2014
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.”

March 2014
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.”

March 2014
Is the European Union’s Soft Power in Decline?
by Karen E. Smith
“The EU is a powerful model for the rest of the world: Most neighboring countries wish to join it rather than balance it or resist it, and other regional groupings around the world seek to emulate it.” Sixth in a series on soft power around the world.

March 2014
The Catastrophic Greek Crisis
by Manos Matsaganis
“The failure of public institutions to rise to the occasion by preventing the economic crisis from mutating into social disaster has bred disillusionment with parliamentary democracy and brought the far right and extreme left into the political mainstream.”

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