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The authours argue that Europeans should work harder and longer hours to avoid economic decline. This view is obsolete in 2018. Today we talk about creating slow-growth economic zones in Europe as an alternative to the unsustainable free-market economy.

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From what is happening now (Euro debt crisis), we can say that this book's prediction is ... true. The Europe is trapped in the political swamp as described in the book. How stupid we are: we know what's wrong, but don't have the gut to reform. Well, it's not an academic book, but I still hope to see more data in the next revision.  

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This book deals with several major policy problems that Europe and Europeans are facing today. The usual suspects include non-competitive research and universities, mishandling of the increasingly multiethnic societies, liberalization of markets, high price of the social state, rigid labor market, to name just a few. There seems to be an increasing amount of literature and critical articles dedicated to these issues, in a stark contrast to the inability of European politicians to get a firm grip on them. Even though this book claims that Europe should not necessarily adopt Anglo-Saxon social and economic model, it is hard to escape this conclusion when reading the actual comparisons with the UK, US and other "Anglo-Saxon" countries.
One big policy issue that is not being discussed here deals with the collapse of the European family and its roots in the dismantling of the Judeo-Christian religio-ethical tradition. A good place to start reading more about this is George Weigel's "The Cube And The Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God"
Additional criticism of this book concerns its editing. There are numerous spelling and other mistakes, and several graphs and charts are not all that clear. Otherwise, it is a very readable and engaging book.
 

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