Midlife Crisis: State Of The European Union
Dutch soccer fans watch the 2010 World Cup final July 11 between the Netherlands and Spain on large screens near the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Fierce nationalism remains a major barrier to greater EU integration.
The creation of the European Union and the advent of the euro currency have done little to dampen fierce nationalism across the continent. NPR concludes its series on Europe with a look at whether the euro, and the notion of European unity, can survive.
July 15, 2010 Spain, the erstwhile "Iberian Tiger" and once the biggest creator of jobs among Europe's 16-nation single currency zone, is now struggling with a 20 percent jobless rate. It's stymied by the lack of a manufacturing base, an inequitable labor market and a limited social safety net.
July 14, 2010 Europe's social support system is under pressure. The recent debt crisis and the continent's demographic changes are shaking the foundations of the EU's shared social vision. In NPR's series on Europe, a look at how governments are struggling to preserve benefits while cutting costs.
July 13, 2010 Germany, long a postwar champion and financier of European integration, is flexing its muscles more independently in the wake of Europe's debt crisis. A growing number of Germans see the European Union as irrelevant. NPR's series on new pressures facing European unity looks at Germany's changing role.
July 12, 2010 The European Union, a vision born after the devastation of World War II to unify the continent, has been rocked by the economic downturn, the debt crisis, rising nationalism and difficult issues like immigration. Can the 27-nation EU find a new sense of mission?