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The Crisis of Europe

How the Union Came Together and Why It’s Falling Apart

Author: Timothy Garton Ash
September/October 2012
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After World War II, Europe began a process of peaceful political unification unprecedented there and unmatched anywhere else. But the project began to go wrong in the early 1990s, when western European leaders started moving too quickly toward a flawed monetary union. Now, as Europe faces a still-unresolved debt crisis, its drive toward unification has stalled—and unless fear or foresight gets it going again, the union could slide toward irrelevance.

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