Starting with the 2012 France attack, single-assailant terrorist attacks have increasingly come to define the security environment in Western Europe.
The western rise of populist nationalism turned its head to a series of European elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany.
Instability from Russia, the U.S. and Middle East is waking Germany from its post-Cold War slumber: it must take more responsibility for its own security.
Greece is in the spotlight as debates regarding its bailout continue. Its fate is in the hands of the IMF, the EU and upcoming elections in Europe.