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Europe's Nobel Project

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On Friday, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded this year's peace prize to the European Union, citing its six-decade-long contribution "to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe." But the EU's crucial role in uniting a fragmented, war-torn continent has lately been eclipsed by political infighting and a financial crisis that threaten to tear it apart. Will the EU continue to serve as a beacon of peace?

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Deep Thought in Dark Times

Cheryl Misak

In grappling with partisan polarization and populist, post-truth politics, one could do worse than to revisit an earlier era of moral failure and arbitrary violence. During the interwar period of the twentieth century, the Vienna Circle set an imperfect but invaluable example of how to make sense of a senseless world. 

reviews four books revisiting a critical and increasingly relevant period of intellectual history.
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  1. op_misak1_BoyerRoger Viollet via Getty Images_vienna 1920s Boyer/Roger Viollet via Getty Images

    Deep Thought in Dark Times

    Cheryl Misak

    In grappling with partisan polarization and populist, post-truth politics, one could do worse than to revisit an earlier era of moral failure and arbitrary violence. During the interwar period of the twentieth century, the Vienna Circle set an imperfect but invaluable example of how to make sense of a senseless world. 

    reviews four books revisiting a critical and increasingly relevant period of intellectual history.
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    Destination Net-Zero

    China and the European Union will need to undergo massive and urgent economic transitions in order to fulfill their recent pledges to become carbon neutral within the next few decades. But peer pressure and policy convergence could yet make these ambitions achievable – especially if the United States rejoins the global fight against climate change.

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