Europe in Crisis


When we began planning this issue in mid-August last year, the third bailout package for Greece had just been approved and Europeans were on tenterhooks about the “euro crisis”, a term that had come to symbolise the financial and debt crisis. Hardly anyone would have thought at that time that the EU could enter a totally different crisis within just a few weeks – a crisis of unprecedented magnitude.

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Europe in Crisis

  • Editorial

    When we began planning this issue in mid-August last year, the third bailout package for Greece had just been approved and Europeans were on tenterhooks about the “euro crisis”, a term that had come to symbolise the financial and debt crisis. Hardly anyone would have thought at that time that the EU could enter a totally different crisis within just a few weeks – a crisis of unprecedented magnitude.

    by Gerhard Wahlers

  • "The EU Is the Only Answer"

    Interview with Hans-Gert Pöttering

    The European Union has already overcome many crises where an agreement had initially appeared out of reach. We must not make the mistake of ignoring the different opinions of the member states in the current challenges and keep in mind that the EU is the only answer.

    by Hans-Gert Pöttering, Martina Kaiser

  • Refugees and Migration: A European Mood Barometer

    Ein europäisches Stimmungsbild

    From a comprehensive publication by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung on migration and refugees we have selected several European perspectives in an updated version. Staff writers from various KAS field offices reflect on the ways the topic of refugees and migration is viewed in different regions around the world and the ways individual countries are dealing with the current crisis.

    by Caroline Kanter, Stefan Gehrold, Tina Mercep, Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes, Aleksandra Popović, Evelyn Haefs, Michael A. Lange, Frank Spengler, Bence Bauer, LL.M, Marco Arndt, Borislaw Wankow, Claudia Crawford, Dimitrie Weigel

  • France: Challenges and Crises

    France is at war”. This is how President François Hollande began his address to Congress on the 16th of November. Nevertheless, the terrorist attacks from the 13th of November are only one of many challenges France is currently facing.

    by Nino Galetti

  • The United Kingdom: Remaining at the Heart of Europe?

    There is the question as to where the United Kingdom stands today regarding the role it plays or is willing to play within Europe. The referendum planned by Cameron’s government even poses the fundamental question as to whether the UK is to remain part of the European Union or leave it. Are the EU and the UK becoming increasingly alienated from each other, or have they never even truly been a good match?

    by Hans-Hartwig Blomeier

  • Greece: From Opportunity to Crisis and Back?

    Greece is suffering a structural crisis that has been in the making for decades, resulting from political failure and social dysfunction. The country is in need of reshaping its most fundamental structures. This reshaping will need to go hand in hand with a similarly fundamental change in mentality within society.

    by Susanna Vogt

  • Spain: From Crisis to Renewal

    The Rajoy government has made significant contributions to changes being made in Spain. In addition, both the small and medium businesses as well as the worldwide operating Spanish corporations have become a symbol of a country that is out of the " intensive care unit".

    by Thomas Bernd Stehling

  • USA: The European Partner in Crisis

    Aware of the success of the transatlantic partnership, the U.S. values a strong, coherent European role in the enforcement of its foreign policy interests. The U.S. is therefore currently looking on with worry at a Europe that not only seems to be struggling with challenges such as the refugee crisis or the Ukraine conflict but is even in danger of becoming destabilized by them.

    by Lars Hänsel, Nikolas Ott

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Editor

Dr. Gerhard Wahlers

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