Chris Patten is the Chancellor of Oxford University. He served as the Governor of Hong Kong, overseeing its return to China in 1997, and he was one of the United Kingdom’s two members to the European Commission from 1999 to 2004. His most recent book, What Next? Surviving the Twenty-first Century, was published in 2008. (March 2010)


What Is Europe to Do?

Herman Van Rompuy, the first permanent president of the European Council, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Berlin, January 13, 2010
Some of our American friends worry that our Christian civilization in Europe (you must remind us about that sometime) is about to be overwhelmed by Islamic hordes—the ramparts of Vienna stormed at last. Others become a little fretful perhaps that we Europeans have forgotten what one has to do in …