The Mirage of a United Europe

An idea hatched by its most advanced minds is now what Europe has to find its way past, if it can.


A vigil in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January 2015. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images.
A vigil in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January 2015. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images.
Response
Wilfred McClay
Jan. 14 2016

Daniel Johnson’s question—“Does Europe Have a Future?”—appears increasingly to be the question of the hour. Of course, it has been asked before, and many times over. The specter of European failure has been our civilization’s constant companion for a century or more, certainly at least since the horrors of World War I. Yet in our own historical moment the question seems to have achieved a kind of ripeness in a Europe that looks too exhausted either to reproduce or to defend itself.

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