This week we published the 10th in our series of national papers looking at the internal dynamics of the euro crisis within individual EU member states. In Denmark caught between ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ Lykke Friis and Jonas Parello-Plesner remind us that Denmark is in fact one of the founding fathers of a two-speed Europe. But difficult choices lie ahead as the euro crisis is challenging the status quo of Denmark’s EU membership:
“Will Denmark use the new dynamic in the Eurozone to abandon the current ‘half-in; half-out’ status, and begin making a popular case for an eventual referendum on joining the euro? Or will it, through events in the UK and in the Eurozone, be pushed to the outer layer of EU-membership and accept a dilution of its influence?”
Click here for essays examining the situation in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Poland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, and related papers looking at Spain and the UK.
- Julien Barnes-Dacey writes about an assassination in Lebanon and explains what it means for the stability of the country. In a recent policy brief Julien outlined how Europe can help Lebanon to avoid a descent into chaos (pdf).
- What does Poland think of the euro crisis? Click here to watch an interview with Konstanty Gebert on the role of Poland in the EU.
- On 8th November China’s long awaited leadership change will be announced – but what is it all about and why does it matter? Thomas König of ECFR’s China programme has written a handy guide about the changes and the institutions and characters involved. We'll be sending the guide out to those who have signed up for press releases, and we'll also publish it as a commentary piece on our website next week.
- What does the US election tell us about American decline? Hans Kundnani argues that the American foreign-policy cycle oscillates between interventionism and isolationism.
- And last but not least, Richard Gowan time travelled into the future to look back at the "Great War in the Pacific" and the role of Europe.
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