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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.”

March 2014
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.”

March 2014
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.

March 2014
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.

March 2014
The Month in Review: January 2014
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in January 2014, country by country, day by day.

March 2014
Map of Europe
by the editors of Current History
Map

March 2013
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.”

March 2013
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.”

March 2013
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.”

March 2013
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.”

March 2013
Diverging Paths in the Western Balkans
by Jelena Subotic
“Croatia has bought its ticket to Brussels, and Montenegro could be next, while Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Kosovo are stuck in a crowded, smoky waiting room.”

March 2013
Perspective: Germany’s Alarming Disaffection
by David P. Calleo
Germany’s postwar leaders played a critical role in creating the European Union. Their successors need to remember that federalism benefits the strong as well as the weak.

March 2013
Books: Eastern Europe Behind the Curtain
by William W. Finan Jr.
A new book by Anne Applebaum offers a heavily detailed, ground-level history of the arrival of communist rule in postwar Eastern Europe. The author aims, she says, to understand “totalitarianism in practice.”

March 2013
The Month in Review
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in January 2013, country by country, day by day.

March 2013
Map of Europe
by the editors of Current History
Map

March 2012
The Misdiagnosed Debt Crisis
by Daniel Gros
“A few nations' public debt problems have become a systemic, area-wide financial crisis because of the fragility of the European banking system.”

March 2012
Europe’s Threatened Solidarity
by Erik Jones
“Left unchecked, the current crisis could reshape almost everything from money and finance to security and defense, and from welfare state institutions to immigration policy.”

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