Europe Adrift by John Newhouse
The conflicting demands of unity, nationalism, economic security, political stab ility, and military readiness now facing a

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With authority and clarity, Europe Adrift gives a keen and astute analysis of the struggle of the European nations to reorder their priorities in the post-Cold War era.  John Newhouse--a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a consultant to the State Department--is perfectly placed to examine the deep and continuing divisions in a unified Germany, France's reluctance to accept Germany's ascendancy in European affairs, the self-marginalization of Britain, the lapses of the European Union, and the complex politics of NATO enlargement.

We are able to comprehend as never before Europe's inability to deal with the tragic events in the former Yugoslavia, the likelihood that a single European currency will be politically divisive and even damaging to the economies it is meant to help, and the dangers of a breakdown of Russia's armed forces, including the system that controls the country's nuclear weapons.

Newhouse cogently argues that the weakness of European governments and political parties, along with the absence of an organizing principle--such as real threat from a superpower--will discourage progress toward a broad and stable European order.  As the leaders of the European Union engage in a headlong scramble to ensure that economic and monetary union begins as planned on January 1, 1999, Europe Adrift will prove to be one of the most important and widely discussed books of recent times.
 

About John Newhouse

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John Newhouse is the author of six previous books, including War and Peace in the Nuclear Age and The Sporty Game.  Formerly a staff writer for the New Yorker, where he mainly covered foreign policy, he is currently a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a consultant to the State Department.  He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Diane Pub Co. 339 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Newhouse also casts a cold eye on Germany's disinclination to provide an errant Europe with either entrepreneurial or political direction, and the impact of recent elections (in France, the UK, and elsewhere) on the ruinously expensive welfare policies of most member nations.

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Germany is now the major European nation, with France and Britain becoming increasingly less important, but Germany itself remains ""two divided societies."" Newhouse notes that the specter of rampant organized crime haunts the entire continent, while the Western nations seem unwilling or unable ...

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He quotes an attempt to define Central Europe by the “vodka line” (i.e., beer and wine prevails in Central, vodka in Eastern Europe) or the “secret police line” (old security forces persist means that you’re Eastern), but Poland would fall into Eastern Europe by the first of these criteria, and u...

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