In the shadow of the German elections, we travel across the continent to investigate the future of the European project.
A continent with an identity crisis, economies with crises of confidence, and one nation looming large over the fortunes of its neighbours, Europe stands between extended integration and enforced disintegration.
As the dust settles after Germany's elections, Empire travels across the continent to ask: what is the future of the European project?
With bailouts and bankrupt member states draining the eurozone’s resources - as well as its credibility - and technocratic demands challenging the ideal of sovereign democracy, we visit the countries gaining the most and those losing the most as the European Union seeks to survive and strives to consolidate.
As the financial crisis that began in 2008 continues to force ruptures in the world’s largest trading bloc, Empire ventures to France, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Greece and Germany to find out precisely how the principles of unity and cooperation are faring alongside the reality of austerity and dependence.
In Paris, we visit the editorial team of Le Monde Diplomatique to understand the waning of French influence for one of Europe’s founding members. We travel to the EU’s administrative heart in Brussels to examine the Union’s evolving and troubled course. We dissect how those troubles are being made manifest on the streets and in the parliamentary chambers in Athens, and, how the power-players of Prague are taking to the European Project with eager zeal.
In this unfolding European journey, we ask which roads lead to Berlin. In the German capital, Empire tackles the hegemony of Germany head-on, and asks if it is a reluctant leader, and if Europe is set to become more German or whether Germany is prepared to become more European.