It's widely believed that greater European integration -- in essence, Europe as one country -- is the only way to salvage the Euro and keep the continent from economic calamity. But the borders of Europe create many obstacles to that goal, and are where clashes of culture and economic philosophy are most evident. Zoe Chace and Robert Smith of Planet Money traveled those borders to find out how far Europe still has to go. The four part series airs August 9th and 10th on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on witf.
- Taxes - Morning Edition; Thursday, August 9 - For the Euro to succeed, the nations of Europe must become more economically integrated. But EU state borders can be a huge obstacle to that goal. NPR's Robert Smith reports on an office building straddling both sides of the Dutch-German border, where work rules and taxes differ depending on which end of the hallway you're in.
- Drugs - All Things Considered; Thursday, August 9 - Borders between countries complicate the goal of turning Europe into one economic entity. The city of Maastricht in the Netherlands is trying to keep the rest of Europe out of its pot smoking coffee shops -- an example of how Europe struggles with the dark side of open borders. NPR's Zoe Chace reports.
- Labors - Morning Edition; Friday, August 10 - Germany has low unemployment. Joblessness is high in southern Europe, so why aren't the masses flooding into Germany? One reason: non-Germans dislike the German workplace. Now firms are hiring consultants to help German CEOs become warmer and more welcoming bosses. Robert Smith reports for NPR's Planet Money.
- Productivity - All Things Considered; Friday, August 10 - If unification is the answer for Europe, Italy shows how hard it is to achieve. Italy unified 150 years ago, yet it has drastic productivity disparities between north and south. A manager at a Barilla pasta factory shows how he solved the conundrum. NPR's Zoe Chace reports.
Hear the entire series with Morning Edition and All Things Considerd on witf your home for NPR News and All Things Regional. Check out previous stories by Planet Money at NPR's website.