Future of the EU

Can the European Union survive?

  • By:Brian Beary
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 2012
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  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.4135/cqrglobal20120417


Europe's ongoing debt crisis is causing many to worry that the 27-nation European integration project, launched out of the ashes of World War II, may be doomed. At the center of this unfolding drama are Germany and Greece, two countries that epitomize the culture clash taking place between austerity-prone northern Europeans and their more spendthrift Mediterranean counterparts. Greece is on the verge of bankruptcy, weighed down by its vast sovereign debt burden, which some experts think could lead to the failure of the euro — the common currency used by Greece and 16 other EU members. Fiscally strong Germany, which led the EU bailout of Greece, has become an increasingly dominant decision-maker among the current EU-27. Amid the economic drama, the EU itself is changing: ...

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