Central Europe

  • Europe Can Only Survive With Germany

    Alex Motyl has written a provocative piece, "Can Europe Survive Germany?" which takes Europe's largest state — in terms of both population and economy — to task for being insufficiently committed to the West's shared principles and asserts that, "If Europe ever dies, Germany will have killed it."


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  • Can Europe Survive Germany?

    If Europe ever dies, Germany will have killed it.
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  • German Chill Toward NATO's Growth Ignores Past

    There are still times when Germans must be reminded of history's lessons.

    One of those came after the Sept. 11 attacks, when a courageous Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder risked a no-confidence vote to take German combat troops to Afghanistan. His argument: History's obligation wasn't pacifism, as many argued, but a willingness to shed blood against new despots and terror.


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  • Can German Locomotive Drive the European Economy?

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    During the second half of 2006 and in early 2007, the German economic eng­ine seemed to gain speed, moving into recovery after several years of stagnation. Whether this recovery is sustainable is still unclear, however. With its­ reliance on exports, Germany remains vulnerable to any downturn in the global economy. Nor is it yet clear that the recent upswing will result in long term job growth and increased consumer spending.
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  • Fighting Legacy: Media Reform in Post-Communist Europe

    Few aspects of the process of democratization in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are more important than the liberalization of the media. Unless free and independent media can be established on a sound financial footing, the new democratic institutions will be seriously incomplete. This study provides a survey of the experience of the media reform to date, an assessment of the challenges that must still be faced, and conclusions and recommendations on what is needed to bring the process to a successful conclusion in the light of Western experience.

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