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In an article for The New York Review of Books, Timothy Garton Ash uses historians’ writings to explore why Europe’s bright star is fading, to define the term ‘populism’ and to urge people to fight back against “Trumpismo.” While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this analysis to history buffs and those seeking insight into today’s evolving political world.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the European Union has changed between 2005 and early 2017,

  • Why some historians believe the euro zone’s current “design and size” are mistakes, and

  • What exactly is “populism.”


About the Author

Timothy Garton Ash is a professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College. He also wrote the book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World.



Europe has changed a lot between 2005. At that time, the European Union was growing, member states had agreed to a constitutional treaty and there were no border controls among Schengen Agreement countries. Fast forward to January 2017. There is no European Constitution, Brexit is underway and temporary border controls are in place. Today there are historians who consider the euro zone to be “chronically dysfunctional.” Author Timothy Garton Ash surveys the work of several contemporary historians. 

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