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Europe at a Crossroads

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Because of the EU’s structural problems, Europe remains strategically disorganized. It doesn’t appear, though, that the supranational dream of ‘Federal Europe’ is going to help overcome this disorganization. A revived intergovernmental model of cooperation may well weaken EU institutions in the long-run, which means that serious socio-economic problems, such as youth unemployment, will not get dealt with as they should. Ultimately, ‘fixing Europe’ may require a revived belief in political solidarity and the acceptance that the short-term pain of some decisions will actually benefit everyone’s longer-term self-interests. Ah, but does Europe as a whole have the enthusiasm for such changes?

Europe's Strategic Future: Implications of the Eurozone Crisis

14 Oct 2013 / Article

Europe’s future geopolitical influence depends on whether the EU can fix its deep-seated structural problems or not. With a wide range of outcomes still possible, Alexander Mirtchev believes what so many others do – Europe can right itself if it marshals together the necessary political will. More on «Europe's Strategic Future: Implications of the Eurozone Crisis»

Armaments Duplication in Europe: A Quantitative Analysis

15 Oct 2013 / Article

Uncoordinated defense spending is hollowing out Europe’s armed forces and undermining the continent’s industrial base, argues Valerio Briani. With an armaments duplication ratio that is more than three times the US figure, the problem is now jeopardizing Europe’s ability to guarantee its own security. More on «Armaments Duplication in Europe: A Quantitative Analysis»

The EU's Silent Revolution

16 Oct 2013 / Article

Many believe that Europe’s economic and political woes should be resolved by agitating for more – more union, more federalism, more Europe. According to Piotr Buras, however, the region’s states are actually reverting back to a more intergovernmental approach that may weaken the EU and its institutions over time. More on «The EU's Silent Revolution»

Youth Unemployment – Does the EU Care about its Future?

17 Oct 2013 / Article

Rising youth unemployment now qualifies as Europe’s most pressing economic and social problem, or so argues Claire Dhéret. She believes the pan-European nature of the problem calls for action at the EU level, including expanded social protection programs and more investments in young people. More on «Youth Unemployment – Does the EU Care about its Future?»

Democracy, Solidarity and the European Crisis

27 Apr 2013 / Video

How can Europe’s woes be resolved? According to the eminent Jürgen Habermas, the answer is simple. Core Europe must show ‘genuine political solidarity’ with the rest of the continent – i.e., it should accept the short-term effects of negative redistribution ahead of longer-term self-interest. More on «Democracy, Solidarity and the European Crisis»

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