Europe’s Vanishing Calm

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

Europeans claim to be building a new democratic culture but the governing elites of the European Union consider voters little more than members of reckless mobs.

AVIGNON, France — The Rhone River Valley in southern France is a storybook marriage of high technology, traditional vineyards, and ancestral villages. High-speed trains and well-designed toll roads crisscross majestic cathedrals, castles, and chateaus.

Traveling in a Europe at peace these days evokes both historical and literary allusions. As with the infrastructure and engineering of the late Roman Empire right before its erosion, the Continent rests at its pinnacle of technological achievement.

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