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01.02.2016
In Europe consensus has broken down and conflicting visions of society have returned. Traditional centre-left and centre-right parties are forced today to join forces through grand-coalitions or republican pacts in order to ensure governability or keep insurgent parties at bay. A radicalism of discourse has returned, denouncing the status quo as a sham and a scandal. We should welcome this change.
30.12.2015
- Languages: de
In 1543 Andrés Laguna, a prominent physician, presented a Latin address in which he referred to a woman who had come to him for medical assistance: "A woman came to me who looked to be in a very bad way: she was weeping uncontrollably, sorrowful, pale, her arms and legs were injured, even beaten, her eyes were vacant, she was shockingly wasted." The woman was called Europa, and she told Laguna of her sufferings.
27.11.2015
- Languages: de
The European Union is in crisis. We are witnessing the multiple failures of European states on a daily basis. The way in which, for example, very high numbers of refugees are treated is indicative of institutional failures that should have been dealt with a long time ago.
20.11.2015
What will be the consequences of the attacks on Paris? The short-term results are known: France and the UK will intensify their fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, security is tightened everywhere in Europe and borders inside the Schengen zone are controlled again. The question in this article however is what the consequences will be on the longer term.
13.11.2015
- Languages: it
The very nature of the challenge of the European project requires that we overcome this gradualism that appears to have no clear strategy. The difficulties we must overcome are of gigantic proportions. But, alongside the powerful forces of disintegration, important forces are also at work in a central core of countries committed to moving forward.
11.11.2015
- Languages: it
Listing all the difficulties that we need to confront in Europe is one thing, arguing that the EU or the Eurozone have been unable or will be unable to find adequate responses is another thing. It seems that the Jan Zielonka underestimates the fact that institutional equilibria evolve over time in response to events, and that new balances emerge as a result of the pressure of events.
09.11.2015
- Languages: de
Everyone knows that the international flood of refugees and migrants cannot be stopped by borders. The worsening situation in Hungary and the terrible pictures of refugees herded into trains led Germany and Austria to open their borders on a temporary basis; now some decisions have to be made regarding the inadequacy of border controls in seeking to manage the movements of refugees.
04.11.2015
- Languages: it
In the last six years, despite belonging to one of the world’s wealthiest areas with the highest potential output, anaemic growth rates in most EMU countries have been based on increased net exports to markets outside the eurozone rather than on the components of aggregate demand in the European internal market.
25.09.2015
The European Union (EU) urgently needs to increase its economic and political integration. This desperate need is a consequence of the rapidly growing interdependence of its member states, an increase that was accelerated by recent financial and economic crises, as well as by dramatic global political tensions.
02.09.2015
- Languages: fr
Any kind of stubborn persistence is suspicious and holds some sort of deeper meaning. German doggedness in favor of a Grexit is a case in point and must be mulled over. Indeed, we cannot content ourselves just by thinking that Wolfgang Schäuble and Sigmar Gabriel have simply lost their minds.