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Five prominent writers from five EU countries offer personal reflections on the idea of Europe at this critical moment in its history.

Can Europe retain its unity in the face of economic adversity?

Today, writer and journalist Beppe Severgnini contemplates the view from Italy.

Producers: Justine Willett and Emma Harding

BEPPE SEVERGNINI has been writing for the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera" since 1995 and has just published "La pancia degli italiani.

Berlusconi spiegato ai posteri" (Rizzoli 2010, Berlusconi Explained to Posterity and Friends Abroad).

Since 1998 he has been moderating the online forum "Italians" (www.corriere.it/italians), the subject of his book "Italians.

Il giro del mondo in 80 pizze" (Rizzoli 2008).

He has written for "The Economist" (1993-2003) and for the New York Times Syndicate (2007-2009).

In 2004, Beppe Severgnini was voted "European Journalist of the Year" in Brussels.

Italian journalist Beppe Severgnini contemplates the view from Italy.

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Five prominent writers from five EU countries offer personal reflections on the idea of Europe at this critical moment in its history.

Can Europe retain its unity in the face of economic adversity?

Producers: Justine Willett and Emma Harding.

Five leading writers from five EU countries contemplate the idea of Europe in autumn 2011.

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Five prominent writers from five EU countries offer personal reflections on the idea of Europe at this critical moment in its history.

Can Europe retain its unity in the face of economic adversity?

Today political commentator and author Agnès Poirier contemplates the view from France.

Producers: Justine Willett and Emma Harding

Agnès C.

Poirier is a political commentator and film critic for the British, American, Canadian, French and Italian press, and a regular contributor to the BBC, Sky News, and Al Jazeera.

She is the author of Les Nouveaux Anglais (2005), Touché, A French woman's take on the English (2006), Le Modèle anglais, une illusion française (2007), Les Pintades à Londres (2008).

She is currently writing her next book, a study on post-war French intellectuals.

Political commentator Agnes Poirier contemplates the view from France.

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Five writers from five EU countries offer personal reflections on the idea of Europe at this critical moment in its history.

Can Europe retain its unity in the face of economic adversity?

Today, writer and journalist Fintan O'Toole contemplates the view from Ireland.

Producers: Justine Willett and Emma Harding

Fintan O'Toole is an assistant editor of, and a columnist with, The Irish Times.

His work has appeared in many international newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Granta, The Guardian, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

His books include 'Enough is Enough is Enough: How to Build a New Republic' (2010), 'Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger' (2009), 'The Irish Times Book of the 1916 Rising' (2006), and 'Shakespeare is Hard but so is Life' (2002).

Irish writer Fintan O'Toole contemplates the idea of Europe in Autumn 2011.

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Five prominent thinkers from five EU countries offer personal reflections on the idea of Europe at this critical moment in its history.

Today, writer Ersi Sotiropoulos contemplates the view from Greece.

Producers: Justine Willett and Emma Harding

Ersi Sotiropoulos, who was born in Patra and now lives in Athens, is the author of ten works of fiction and a book of poetry.

Her novel Zigzag through the Bitter Orange Trees (Peter Green's English translation of which was published in 2005 by Interlink Books) was the first novel ever to win both the Greek national prize for literature and Greece's preeminent book critics' award.

Greek novelist Ersi Sotiropoulos contemplates the idea of Europe in Autumn 2011.