Europe in Crisis
The EU is struggling to contain financial contagion that could cripple its economies and ripple across the globe. From Athens to Rome, we head to front lines of the European debt crisis to ask, “How did we get here?”


“This isn’t just about our pocketbooks...this is about history, it is about war and peace, it’s about Europe’s place on the global stage.”
–Charles Kupchan, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service

The creation of the EU brought along with it peace and affluence. And for a time, Europe appeared destined to become ever more integrated and prosperous. But today, the European debt crisis has made possible what was once inconceivable – the collapse of the euro, and even the unraveling of the European Union itself. We head to front lines of the crisis – Italy and Greece – to ask, ‘How did we get here?’ and what needs to change to bring Europe back from the precipice?

Megan Williams explores the Italian professional guild system that keeps young people out of jobs and hampers growth.
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Nina-Maria Potts travels to the increasingly depopulated villages of northwest Greece, where the economic crisis is causing young Greeks to consider leaving the country for good.
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Ray Suarez examines the history of the European Union, from coal and steel market to common currency, and how integration brought the continent from devastating conflict to unprecedented cooperation.
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Nina-Maria Potts visits Epirus, a region of Greece that received millions of euros in EU development funding, to investigate how and why many development projects never materialized.
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Katherine Lanpher speaks with Charles Kupchan, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, about what the economic crisis means for the future of the European Union.
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Featured Experts

Jeffrey J. Anderson
Jeffrey J. Anderson is an expert in European politics, with special emphasis on the European Union and postwar German politics and foreign policy. He is the Graf Goltz Professor and Director at the BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES).
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Charles Kupchan
Dr. Charles Kupchan is Whitney Shepardson senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also professor of international affairs at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His latest book "How Enemies Become Friends" was released in March 2010.
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Klaus Larres
Prof. Klaus Larres, Ph.D. is the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor in History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations and a Visiting Professor in European Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.
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James Walston
James Walston is a professor of international relations at the American University in Rome. As well as being an academic political scientist, he is a political analyst who writes and comments internationally on Italian politics and on international relations in Italy.
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Europe in Crisis / Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / Producers: Monica Bushman, Nina-Maria Potts (Feature Story News), and Megan Williams / Intern: Andreana Lefton / Additional production help: Flawn Williams / Director of Broadcasting and Station Relations: Steve Martin / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo credit: Derek Bridges.

Special thanks to Feature Story News.

Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: Dec 2011

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