“A veteran foreign correspondent views Europe’s current dilemmas and power struggles through a series of chapters written from the key capitals, including Berlin, Moscow and London.” Gideon Rachman, Politics Top picks of 2017, Financial Times.
“Europeans and Americans alike would benefit from heeding Drozdiak’s warning: That European unification may go into reverse and unravel due to blinkered nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic.” –Politico Europe
“…fascinating…” –International New York Times
“…it’s a very good survey of what the European experiment is for and why we need to have an integrated Europe, both economically and politically.” –Giles Merritt, Five Books
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An urgent examination of how the political, economic and social volatility in Europe will affect the US and the rest of the world.
President Obama began his first term with a concerted effort to reshape America’s image abroad. He made overtures to the Islamic world in Cairo, pivoted towards China and vowed to “reset” relations with Russia.
What Obama has forgotten, argues William Drozdiak, was the imminent crisis in Europe which threatens not only America’s long-time relationship with her allies, but global security.
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The UK stunned the world by leaving the EU; in Germany, there is growing alarm that one million refugees, mostly from Syria, are putting the country’s stability at risk; in Spain, a protracted economic crisis has spread disillusionment among young people and damaged support for centrist political leaders; while Greece has become a waystation for refugees fleeing Syria.
By speaking with world leaders from Brussels to Berlin, from Rome to Riga, Drozdiak described the crises, the attempted solutions and asks where Europe goes from here and how the west can revitalise its key institutions like NATO and the EU. The result is a timely, character- and narrative-driven book about this tumultuous phase of contemporary European history.
William Drozdiak: About the Author
William Drozdiak is a former editor and chief European correspondent of the Washington Post. He was awarded the Officer s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C.