Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Europe: After Europe

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Europe: After Europe

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After Europe BY IVAN KRASTEV. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017, 128 pp.

The multiple crises washing over Europe-Brexit, the rise of right-wing populism, mass migration, the resurgence of Russia, simmering financial crises, the uncertainty introduced by the Trump administration-have produced overblown, opportunistic warnings about "the end of Europe." But some Europessimists sincerely believe that Europe's travails reflect an epochal transformation in Western societies. So argues Krastev, an uncommonly literate, reflective, and engaging observer of European affairs who is also a trained philosopher with a penchant for grand historical visions. He argues that in the wake of Franco-German reconciliation, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the stagnation of the European economic model, the movement for further European integration lacks big ideas to push it forward. …

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