MOSCOW – Greater Europe is at a crossroads. Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, it remains divided, unable to unify into a global force. Each of the three parts of Greater Europe – Russia, the European Union, and the countries between them – is in crisis. The causes and forms of these crises differ, but the consequences are almost identical.
Russia has reached the limit of growth derived from its post-communist reconstruction. Today, it has strengthened its state institutions, overcome economic decline, and regained status as a major actor in world politics.