From The Hedgehog Review, Philippe Beneton (Rennes): Europe and the New Democracy; and Petra Huyst (Ghent): Generation Europe. Ana Carrillo (Leicester): European and Political Identity in a “Transnational Paradise”. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Hertie): Transformative Power of Europe. Patricia Esteve and Bernd Theilen (Rovira i Virgili): European Integration: Partisan Motives or Economic Benefits? Nauro F Campos, Fabrizio Coricelli, Luigi Moretti on how rich nations and poorer nations benefit from EU membership. The rise of the “creative class” as the motor of economic growth means that countries which promote technology, talent and tolerance will do best — will this lead to higher inequality? Income inequality — exacerbated by an age gap, a skills gap, and other trends in technology and society — will pose the single greatest societal challenge for the European Union in the coming decades. The left can please neither rich nor poor: Large sections of the lower classes see social change as disturbing, writes John Lloyd. Ferdinando Giugliano reviews European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess and How to Put Them Right by Philippe Legrain. Are European parliamentarians responsive to their voters? Catherine E. de Vries investigates. Paul Krugman on the crisis of the Eurocrats: The European project is in deep trouble — the Continent still has peace, but it’s falling short on prosperity and, in a subtler way, democracy; and on Europe’s secret success: It turns out that those welfare states, with their generous social benefits, are beating America at job creation hands down. Do the European elections signal the end of the EU as we know it? Across Europe voters have rejected the political elite, turning in their droves to radical nationalist parties that want to see the end of the European Union.

The inaugural issue of Ethos is out. Adrian Avery Archer (Columbia): The Rational Significance of Desire (Dissertation). Jens Beckert (Max Planck) and Jorg Rossel and Patrick Schenk (Zurich): Wine as a Cultural Product: Symbolic Capital and Price Formation in the Wine Field. Rusi Jaspal (De Montfort): Anti-Zionism and the Iranian Press. From TLS, a review essay on entomophagism by David E. Cooper. When "yes" doesn't mean "yes": Jarrah Aubourg on the problem of sexual consent obtained by fraud. Faking cultural literacy: Our cultural canon is determined by whatever gets the most clicks. Kevin Smokler interviews Gedde Watanabe on 30 years of Sixteen Candles and Long Duk Dong. Sympathy for the Devils: Michael Weiss goes inside the shadowy Washington PR network with ties to dictators' cronies, war criminals, and suspicious Ukrainian arms transporters. Our long national idiot-ambassador crisis is over. Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? Let the courts decide. Philosophy 101: "Isn't morality just, like, a social construction, and people's arbitrary opinions?" Alexander Zubatov on the most dangerous, devastating, insidious, invidious, ubiquitous and perfectly legal narcotic in the world. Hamilton Nolan on the mind-boggling industrial future of the Arctic. How sex rules our dreams: Gritty, emotional, smelly and dirty — new evidence supports Freud’s long-debunked theory that sex fuels our dreams. Pieter Ballon on old and new issues in media economics. Is Ahmadinejad coming back in from the cold? Golnaz Esfandiari finds out. This is what a gun looks like when it's pointing straight at you.

Clayton P. Gillette (NYU): Dictatorships for Democracy: Takeovers of Financially Failed Cities. Detroit would rather you not take pictures of its ruins. The robots that saved Pittsburgh: Glenn Thrush on how the Steel City avoided Detroit’s fate. Jason Farago on our odd, revealing obsession with "gritty" photos of the 1970s NYC Subway. Darryl Pinckney reviews Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto by Camilo Jose Vergara. New York Elsewhere: Detailed maps of other cities’ neighborhoods show ex-pat New Yorkers where to emigrate. Is San Francisco New York? With rents higher than Manhattan’s, the lefty city is at a philosophical crossroads. How do you diagnose what is wrong with San Francisco now? You could say that San Francisco, like New York and other US metropolises, is suffering the reversal of postwar white flight. Can Oakland buck the gentrification trend? Meghan Herning investigates. Reinventing Skid Row: Ed Leibowitz on when hipsters met the homeless, and made a new downtown L.A. From Wonkblog, what happens when the government tries to help poor people move to better neighborhoods? Emily Badger investigates; on the most important fact we rarely admit in talking about segregation and poverty: The American geography of segregated housing is no accident; on how metropolitan areas are now fueling virtually all of America’s population growth; and what if we mapped cities by how hard it is to get to work? Open data is making it easier to understand how transportation connects us to everything from jobs to schools to health care. Kevin Drum on how America's cities are the Real America. Danny Vinik on how climate change will force us to abandon coastal cities — we better start preparing right now.