Special Report: Europe, Ever on the Brink

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The European Union’s sovereign debt crisis continues to threaten the eurozone with dissolution, even as austerity budgets and a lack of strategic vision have undermined the EU’s common foreign and defense policy. The two crises, one acute and structural, the other chronic and temperamental, have increasingly brought the European project into question. This World Politics Review special report examines Europe’s troubled horizon.


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Debt Crisis

With Europe at a Crossroads, G-8 Returns to Spotlight
By Judah Grunstein
May 17, 2012

Increasingly Isolated, Germany’s Merkel Ties Her Fate to Greek Elections
By Hannes Artens
May 24, 2012

Germany’s New Role in Europe
By Daniela Schwarzer
February 7, 2012

Is Europe’s Left Poised for a Comeback?
By Frida Ghitis
May 3, 2012

Political Impasse in Greece Puts Possibility of Euro Exit in Spotlight
By Catherine Cheney
May 15, 2012

Collapse of Dutch Government Brings Eurozone Crisis From Periphery to Core
By Catherine Cheney
April 25, 2012

Central Europe and the EU Fiscal Compact: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
By David Armitage, Robert Kron, Wess Mitchell and Marcin Zaborowski
February 10, 2012

The Paradoxes of German Economic Performance
By Jeremy Leaman
February 7, 2012

EU Must Restructure Debt to Solve the Eurozone Crisis
By John Ryan
January 13, 2012

Why China Can’t and Won’t Save Europe, Part I
By Iain Mills
November 10, 2011

Why China Can’t and Won’t Save Europe, Part II
By Iain Mills
November 11, 2011

U.S. Response to Europe’s Debt Crisis Is Not Evidence of Decline
By Daniel McDowell
November 8, 2011

The Financial Crisis of 2011: Why This Time is Different
By Daniel McDowell
September 14, 2011

The European Union: The Accidental Crisis Manager
By Éloi Laurent
March 9, 2010

Foreign and Defense Policy

Europe Must Enhance Defense Integration to Avoid Strategic Decline
By Erik Brattberg
January 27, 2012

NATO Summit Highlights Europe’s Vanishing Global Security Aspirations
By Judah Grunstein
May 21, 2012

Poland’s EU Presidency Aims to Boost Defense Cooperation
By Jaroslaw Adamowski
July 22, 2011

For EU Defense, Weimar Triangle not Enough
By Dominik Jankowski
March 3, 2011

A Post-NATO Europe Should Look East
By Thomas P.M. Barnett
July 4, 2011

Will Europe Play a Role in the ‘Asian Century’?
By Loc Doan
November 16, 2011

Europe’s Humanitarian Dilemma
By Richard Gowan
July 26, 2011

German Foreign Policy: The Temptation of Going Alone
By Ulrike Guérot
February 7, 2012

Increasing EU-Ukraine Tensions Reducing Both Sides’ Leverage
By Catherine Cheney
May 4, 2012

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