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By the end of next year, the Europe of the founding fathers may be a mere memory. Clouds are gathering over the most exceptional political invention of the modern era.

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Faced with the looming terrorist threat from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) attempts throughout Europe are being made to reclaim “our own identity.” While the whole conception of war between equal nation states is questioned in the era of international terrorism, the logic of national identity does seem to experience a comeback.
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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.
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Processions, holy weeks, patron saint festivals, and the like, have been emptied of their meaning and survive only as spectacles and attractions for tourists. Many academics have denounced this prejudice, but it appears to be particularly resilient and continues to resurface under different forms.
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.
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In the face of such a profusion of measures to support the financial system, and the broad power of central bankers, a question comes to mind: is it possible to think of a monetary intervention that supports a sustainable economy?
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If the targets for global climate protection are to be met, current patterns of production and consumption must change dramatically. There is therefore an expectation that private consumers will play their part by behaving in a more climate-friendly way.
For a long time, liberal political theory has been obsessed with drawing boundaries between the decent and the indecent, the mainstream and the fringe, the acceptable and the unacceptable. The assumption was that if the radical right is clearly recognized as such, labelled, and sequestered into its corner, it can do no real damage. The only real challenge is to recognize it in time.
The Paris Climate Agreement signals unprecedented momentum to combat global warming. Indeed, many around the world now name climate change as a top threat. Nevertheless, various questions remain.
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Sustainability developed as a full-fledged approach in the sense that, no longer an almost univocal vision that identified the issue in purely environmental terms, it broadened its scope to incorporate the economic and social spheres as well. In this sense, the development sustainability discourse grew increasingly close over the years to another theme of public interest, which is that of happiness.