Europe's 'Nationalism' turns out to be local

Press quote (The Wall Street Journal)
Christian Odendahl, John Springford
09 May 2019

A new report this week from the London-based think-tank the Centre for European Reform digs into the economic dimension of these divides, and it illuminates a mess.


The EU’s most economically successful member-states, such as Britain, nonetheless contain regions with productivity comparable to Greece’s. Manufacturing’s decline is serious in Western Europe but perhaps somewhat misunderstood. Industrial output in countryside regions more than doubled between 1980 and 2015, although that tended to involve a shift into higher-tech manufacturing.