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democracy

05.02.2016
- Languages: de
The spirit guiding those who initiated and negotiated the TTIP agreement involved a very strange conception of democracy: trade was elevated above the real values and aims of the EU and its member states. Trade interests predominate in policy related to agriculture, environment, consumer protection, energy and resources. They influence the provision of public services, the negotiation of contracts, and even the legislative process.
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.
14.12.2015
- Languages: it|fr
Universal hospitality today is the triumph of the democratic paradigm: everyone is equal, and everyone is protected by the shield of the generous European democracy. In this picture, however, there is a limit: not all of Europe acts the same when it comes to the principle of hospitality.
09.12.2015
- Languages: it
A few years ago, British historian Tony Judt identified two main phases in the evolution of European memory after the Second World War: the first took shape in 1945, the second after 1989. This picture entirely eclipses an aspect which is of great historical significance: the presence everywhere in Europe of collaborationist forces that actively supported Nazism, and the fact that serious war crimes were committed by all parties involved in the conflict, including the winners.
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.
28.10.2015
For most students of European politics the EU is a symbol of integration; to them its demise implies disintegration. However, the EU performs poorly at present and it has lost the support of many citizens. The EU also seems unable to reform itself. Does the EU still act as an engine of European integration? And if not, should we not start thinking about plan B?
31.08.2015
A new type of transnational politics seems to be emerging whereby “independent institutions” play a leading part in defining the future of Europe. This ever deeper connection between Europe’s polity and the independent branch composed of the European Commission, Court of Justice and Central Bank has so far found us intellectually and politically unprepared.
27.08.2015
- Languages: it
No freedom is ever absolute. This is also true of fundamental rights, including the right to the freedom of expression. This is why, in modern societies, rights should be protected, but also why their limits should be defined.
25.08.2015
Sometimes there are events that can be seen as possible way marks towards this final stage of history: events that only reveal their importance over time and maybe even seemed quite small at the point of their occurrence. When the Magna Carta Libertatum was signed on June 15, 1215 such a way mark was set in history.