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Most of Europe's history has been marked by conflict.The two superpowers' divided control was eventually relinquished, and the old European state system was replaced by the European Union, with its promise of eternal peace between EU member states, and between Europe and the larger world. The collapse of communism in Europe, followed by that of the Soviet Union in 1991, was described triumphantly in Europe and the United States as the "end of history" – the global triumph of liberal democracy and free-market capitalism.One thing is clear: Political and economic power is shifting from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and away from Europe.What will become of the old Europe – and of trans-Atlanticism – in a "Pacific era?"This might be Europe's last chance to finish the project of unification. Otherwise, Europe is in for a rude awakening.
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