New Iron Curtain?

The political financial crisis came to a head yesterday in Europe, with Hungary begging for help from its fellow EU members under the peril of a new “iron curtain” dividing the Continent and getting matter-of-factly rejected.  My New Atlanticist piece on the controversy, “Economic ‘Iron Curtain’ Dividing Europe?” concludes:

The present crisis has had the salutory effect of splashing a bit of cold water on the enthusiasm for a united Europe. Considering the state of perpetual war that existed for centuries, that comity that has existed for the last six decades is truly remarkable. Even the EU itself has come a long way from the days when it was a mere energy cooperative. But the fact remains that “Europe” remains a relatively vague construct in comparison to the very real forces which tie the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Hungary together as nation-states.

Much more at the link.

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  1. Franklin says:

    Stolen headline from Fark:

    Eastern Europe to Germany: “We’re like Hungary, man.” Germany: “Try Turkey. Czech please.”