Neal Ascherson: Europe

Europe is a monster (monstro simile, as they said of the Holy Roman Empire) and a mutant – a creature in its substance unlike the kingdoms and empires and states which preceded it.

It’s a sponge, indeterminate in outline, soft in texture, absorbing incomers and diffusing wealth and culture. Neal Ascherson, author, journalist and expert on Central and Eastern Europe, asks how it can survive.

This event took place on 2 March 2012.

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