Confronted by Russian aggression, Islamic terrorism, and rising nationalism, Europe is in an existential crisis, says James Kirchick, author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Kirchick explains why Americans must care more about the continent’s fate as well as which threat worries him the most. Then he describes a worst-case scenario for the future of Europe.

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Members have made 4 comments.

  1. Member

    I fundamentally disagree with the author.

    Europe is not going illiberal because of Russia. Russia is exploited a badly designed system that is the European Union.

    The EU itself strips away democracy and places it in the hands of an unaccountable bureaucracy.

    Geert Wilders, Brexit, Lepin and Orban would all exist without Russia.

    Unaccountable elites who manipulate the system and ignore the pressures that were brought upon by there policies are causing the breakup of Europe.

    Russia is just helping it along.

    • #1
    • March 7, 2017 at 6:12 am
  2. Coolidge

    Good interview!

    • #2
    • March 7, 2017 at 9:14 am
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  3. Member

    Kirchick talks about the rise of “illiberal” leaders in Europe but never quite gets around to explaining why these leaders are popular (at least not in the podcast – maybe in the book). As the husband of a European, I can tell you that her social-democrat voting family members are unhappy that they no longer live in the safe communities they once enjoyed. What do elites expect when these voters start looking for alternatives?

    • #3
    • March 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm
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  4. Member

    Russia has never changed. The difference is in the modern world we now have Cyberspace. In a flash of an eye, a message can start a riot, a rumor, bring down a world leader, spread lies. Europe takes a lot for granted, like the author indicates. Also, we’ve never seen the meltdown of a massive primarily Muslim country to where mass immigration was necessary, so a class of cultures. Russia has never teamed up with Iran, Syria etc. That is all new. Very interesting interview, especially from someone who immersed himself in the culture.

    • #4
    • March 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm
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