Europe in Crisis
“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?
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 / Airdate: Dec 2011
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.
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.