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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.”
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.
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.”
Bulgaria and Romania at Europe’s Edge
by Stefanos Katsikas
“Unless Bulgaria and Romania manage to enact judicial reforms, fight corruption and organized crime, and protect human and minority rights, they will not be able to capitalize on the benefits of EU membership, and will continue to be regarded as second-class EU members.”
Perspective: The Transatlantic Pivot
by Daniel S. Hamilton
The United States and Europe must rebalance their partnership in order to face the political, economic, and security challenges of the twenty-first century.
Books: Turkey’s Choice
by Joshua Lustig
In his new book, Soner Cagaptay warns that backsliding on democracy will endanger Turkey’s growing power and prosperity—as recent events emphatically attest.
Crisis and Reform in the Euro Area
by Daniela Schwarzer
“A major challenge for policy makers lies in the fact that they may have to move forward with a deepening of integration at a time when the EU and the euro area confront a growing crisis of acceptability.”
Why 2013 Is Not 1933: The Radical Right in Europe
by David Art
“If Europe continues to pull itself back from the brink of financial calamity and political instability, historians will write books not about how the radical right destroyed the European project but how elected officials checked populist influences and found a way to muddle through.”
The End of Equality in Europe?
by Jason Beckfield
“[T]he level of income inequality within European nations has been increasing since neoliberalism took hold in the EU in the 1980s and 1990s.”
France’s Struggle to Compete
by Ronald Tiersky
“German economic dynamism still complicates French prosperity, but as the euro zone states struggle out of the financial crisis, it is clear that Germany and other EU partners also undergird France’s economic resilience.”