European Elections Special

Debates

What about the EU-Russia Relations?

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EU goes East

Europe needs Russia and Russia needs Europe. Relations are a bit frosty, though. Negative perceptions and stereotypes play a central role in the bilateral relationship. Should not the EU step up to Russia?

Our neighbors need us

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Europe is missing the second freedom revolution at its periphery. This is why it needs more foreign policy capabilities, including of a military nature.

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by Christian E. Rieck
13.06.2014

Holding Out the Olive Branch

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It's not about Eurasia versus Europe. The EU should be the one to offer an olive branch and help to ensure that some worrying trends in Russia lose their drive.

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by Adam Lenton
24.01.2014

Former Communist States in the European Union

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Ten Years Later

On the 1st of May, it will have been ten years since many formerly Communist states joined the European Union. But while this step was universally heralded as the end of long a transition towards democracy, the current picture is more nuanced: Many of the hopes associated with accession to the EU have proved to be short-sighted and the financial crisis has been a divisive force in an enlarged Union. How have the new member states fared, ten years into their EU membership?

Specters of the past

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For Slovakia, European Union membership seemed like the holy grail. But the country's ills merely hide behind this shiny new surface.

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by Radovan Geist
11.06.2014

An Uneasy Journey

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Ten years after joining the European Union, many Czechs are deeply skeptical of it. But the disenfranchisement was mostly caused by domestic politics.

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by Jiri Pehe
21.05.2014

Europe, a love story

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Slovenia's entry into the European Union was filled with pomp and ceremony. But things quickly went sour.

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by Erica Johnson Debeljak
30.04.2014

Western culture's decay

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The Condemned

Has the occident lost its appeal?

Shock Value

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Self-proclaimed intellectuals complain that there is too much complaining. Does one need to say more?

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by Holger Rust
20.06.2014

Outer space

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The occident has lost its appeal? Great! Its decline is just the next step in a necessary evolution.

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by Matthias Horx
02.06.2014

No love: Great Britain and the EU

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Not Amused

Great Britain and the EU are drifting apart. A majority of Britons now believes that EU membership has become a burden rather than a benefit. How much longer can the leadership at No.10 withstand the Eurosceptics?

Beyond complicated

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The UK-EU relationship is complex, but the reason for this complexity is simple: both sides have baggage – and not just a bit.

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by Mark Briggs
16.05.2014

The Big Bang

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Banging on about Europe has once again become a vote winner in the UK and a “Brexit” is more likely than ever. If David Cameron wins next year’s elections, he will have to face an inconvenient promise.

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by Sam Macrory
14.02.2014

Better off Inside

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It’s impossible to say what will happen between the UK and the rest of Europe. But it is possible to say what _should_ happen.

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by Stephen Tindale
17.01.2014

Key topics at the European elections

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Party-coloured

What will be the key topic at the European elections? We sent this request to representatives of all parties that are approved by the EU. What they answered and how they want to convince can be read here.

There was a time

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Neoliberal politics destroyed the vision of a free and united Europe. It’s time to stop, think and act.

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by Katja Kipping
07.05.2014

Time for the self-determination of the people

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For the European Free Alliance, the era of the old-fashioned nation-states is over. It is time for a Europe of self-determined peoples.

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by Jordi Solé
17.04.2014

Giving Europe new momentum

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For the EPP, strengthening solidarity and cohesion between the member states is essential. At the upcoming elections, we want to take up the challenges and have thus created a project based on five priorities.

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by Michel Barnier
11.04.2014

Being opposed

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The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists stands for a different kind of Europe. We believe that Europe would be more prosperous and democratic if each nation provided for its own needs.

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by Daniel Hannan
02.04.2014

Racism in Europe

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Strangers or Locals?

With the rise of right-wing parties, strange prejudices and special legislation, it is time to ask: how successful has the European project been at integrating all of its people?

A bleak reality

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Across Europe, Roma people are facing blatant racism. And yet there is hope.

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by Dessislava Kirova
12.05.2014

A step too far

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In the Netherlands, engagement has tempered racism and anti-migration sentiments. But it has done so at a cost.

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by Daan Welling
05.05.2014

It's normal to be racist now

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In Greece, crisis has not only led to the emergence of a right-wing party – it has also intensified racism across the country.

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by Manos Moschopoulos
22.04.2014

Open for some

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Europe isn't as tolerant as we would like to believe. In Slovenia, hateful associations can still freely march on the streets of the capital.

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by Spela Kunej
16.04.2014
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