The Giant Fall. A deeper analysis of the European crisis

[…] Today the European Union (EU) is most probably going through its darkest hours. The Union is inconsistently reacting to the challenges posed by the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, the EU’s political centre, and by the migrant and economic crises.

Hence the need to analyze in depth the numerous challenges and criticisms that the EU must address if it still wants to be called “Union”. […] This dossier serves its purpose entirely. It addresses, from different viewpoints, the threats to the EU stability and sharply points out the fault lines of potential cleavages within the EU. […]

Daniele Lazzeri
Chairman of Il Nodo di Gordio

Read and download the Dossier No. 1 (2016) clicking here


  • Introduction (p. 2)
  • German leadership and European middle powers (p. 5)
    • The New German Foreign Policy Outlook (p. 5)
    • Economic Virtuosity and the Eurozone’s Drowning (p. 8)
    • Neighbors and Energy Policy (p. 17)
    • The Migrant Crisis’ Unilateralism (p. 22)
    • References (p. 30)
  • Recent developments in Greece (p. 37)
    • The Economic Adjustment Plans and their Economic Impact (p. 38)
    • The Rise of Syriza (p. 41)
    • The Third Economic Adjustment Plan (p. 43)
    • Sustainability of the Agreement (p. 48)
    • Conclusion (p. 51)
    • References (p. 52)
  • The Schengen Crisis and future perspectives (p. 57)
    • The Schengen zone and its original goals (p. 57)
    • Factors affecting the future of Schengen (p. 60)
    • Schengen as a necessary tool to guarantee the European Integration Project (p. 65)
    • How to face Schengen’s crisis (p. 69)
    • Future perspectives (p. 73)
  • The Eurosceptic Front (p. 76)
    • The challenges of the Union (p. 76)
    • On the borders of Europe (p. 79)
    • The newcomers’ suspicions (p. 83)
    • The founders’ fears (p. 86)
    • Imagine a different future (p. 88)
    • References (p. 90)
  • TTIP and Euro-Atlantic Ties: Trans-Atlantic Treaty and European U.S. Relations (p. 91)
    • Introduction (p. 91)
    • EU – U.S. relations: an economic overview (p. 92)
    • What is TTIP and what does it aim at? (p. 95)
    • TTIP: a possible Trojan Horse? (p. 101)
    • TTIP (and TPP) in the global context (p. 106)
    • Conclusions (p. 109)
    • References (p. 111)
  • Conclusions (p. 115)
  • About the Authors (p. 119)