With more than 500 million citizens in its 28 member states, the European Union has long embodied the dream of a united Europe, where the free movement of goods, capital, services and workers would lead to greater economic and political clout for all. But in recent years, the fissures within the EU have deepened. The Syrian refugee crisis, the economic downturn, a spate of terrorist attacks and the Greek financial bailouts have roiled the EU. And then came Brexit, the decision by British voters to exit the European Union, much to the surprise and consternation of the many observers who expected the referendum to fail.
A new book by William Drozdiak, titled Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crises and the Fate of the West, offers valuable and timely insights on the complex issues facing the European Union. In the book, Mr. Drodziak transports us to London, Madrid, Paris, Copenhagen and other EU capitals, and offers an insider’s perspective on the challenges these countries face.
Mr. Drodziak has a long and distinguished career working in Europe, including two decades as a senior editor and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post. He was the founding executive director of the Transatlantic Center in Brussels, Belgium, and he served for 10 years as the president of the American Council on Germany. Mr. Drodziak is currently a fellow at the Brookings Institution and a senior adviser on Europe to an international strategic consultancy firm based in Washington, D.C.