European crisis: Not quite the Thirty Years’ War – yet

American Enterprise Institute fellow Michael Austin argues that comparing the situation in Europe to the Thirty Years’ War is a false comparison because European institutions continue to function and the countries still maintain formal relations. However, he does acknowledge, that the comparison could become more accurate depending on what “comes out of the increasingly desperate and indecisive negotiations among Europe’s leaders.”

Austin does find several other interesting historical parallels that could apply to the current crisis on the continent.



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