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Is a French Intifada Brewing?

Is a French Intifada Brewing?

| April 9, 2014

France has Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities. The outbreaks of anti-Semitic violence since the Second Intifada are only the most visible signs of an unstable and fraught situation.

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Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

| November 14, 2013

Russia certainly has influence in Europe on account of its oil, and has occasionally used its oil as a means of political pressure on Belarus and Ukraine. But it is really with natural gas that energy becomes a useful political tool for Russia.

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The Dilemma at the Heart of Europe: Germany and the German Question

The Dilemma at the Heart of Europe: Germany and the German Question

| September 3, 2013

The issue that has been conspicuous by its absence from Germany’s parliamentary campaign: the relationship between Europe and the economic powerhouse that is too small to lead, too large simply to fall into line.

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A Dark Vision of the Future of Europe

A Dark Vision of the Future of Europe

| August 22, 2013

French philosopher André Glucksmann finds the situation in Europe “extremely unsettling.” In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses the failure of European intellectuals, how divisions could lead to an EU breakup or even hostilities, and why pursuing a United States of Europe is “the wrong goal.”

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Merkel’s European Failure: Germany Dozes on a Volcano

Merkel’s European Failure: Germany Dozes on a Volcano

| August 9, 2013

Angela Merkel’s government is forcing Southern Europe to undertake profound reforms while at the same time denying its own responsibility for the consequences of its crisis policies. Germany is risking a historic failure with its shortsighted wrangling.

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A More Secular Europe, Divided by the Cross

A More Secular Europe, Divided by the Cross

| June 17, 2013

Throughout its modern history, however, the “European project,” as the Continent’s current faltering push for unity is known, has sought to keep religion and the unruly passions it can stir at arm’s length.

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The Ticking Euro Bomb: What Options Are Left for the Common Currency?

The Ticking Euro Bomb: What Options Are Left for the Common Currency?

| October 7, 2011

Politicians have maneuvered their countries into an unparalleled situation in the euro crisis. In the end, only two possibilities will remain to save the beleaguered common currency: an expensive transfer union or a smaller monetary union. Either solution will be extremely costly.

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The Ticking Euro Bomb: How the Euro Zone Ignored Its Own Rules

The Ticking Euro Bomb: How the Euro Zone Ignored Its Own Rules

| October 6, 2011

After they joined the euro zone, the countries of southern Europe suddenly discovered they could borrow money at German-style rates, and any hope of sorting out their dodgy finances vanished. But it was France and Germany who set the worst example, when they broke the euro-zone rules they had forced on others.

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The Ticking Euro Bomb: How a Good Idea Became a Tragedy

The Ticking Euro Bomb: How a Good Idea Became a Tragedy

| October 5, 2011

The Greek crisis has revealed why the euro is the world’s most dangerous currency. The euro was built on a foundation of debt and trickery, where economic principles were sacrificed to romantic political visions. The history of the common currency is the story of a good idea that turned into a tragedy of epic proportions.

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