In the sequel to Cafe Europa (1997) the Croatian journalist and author Slavenka Drakulić (b. 1949) takes us back to what went wrong, and what went right in Europe after communism until the pandemic, and how everything is connected.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Europe no longer lived up to our fantasies. Europe were accused of creating economic injustice – with a lack of work and money for their citizens. The European Union played a crucial role in leveling out social and economic disparities and working for peace, security and a better life for all. Some countries were more European than others – where the citizen's economic and social welfare came first. At the same time, the EU created a growing fear of globalization and immigration.
Culture and national affiliation were explicitly linked. . .
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