The Multiple Crises of Europe: A Conversation with Klaus Scharioth


The Multiple Crises of Europe: A Conversation with Klaus Scharioth

Transatlantic Academy Executive Director Stephen Szabo interviews Klaus Scharioth, nonresident fellow at the Academy, former German Ambassador to the United States, professor of Practice at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and dean of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs, for a GMF podcast.

Scharioth argues that Europe is challenged by eight simultaneous crises: the refugee crisis; Russian aggression against Ukraine; terrorism; the danger of European disintegration with the British referendum; the rise of populism; the state debt crisis; turmoil in the Middle East; and the Schengen system of free movement within Europe being put into question. “Europe has always and only moved forward when challenged,” Scharioth notes, and because the EU’s many different countries have different cultural histories, “It always takes a lot of time to solve problems.” Scharioth sees potential solutions on the horizon with European coordination on the challenges but serious risks to Europe as well.

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