European Elections Special

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Search for a new European narrative

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Le récit est mort! Vive le récit?

Europe is pacified. This is why the narrative of peace does not work anymore - which can be seen in the lack of interest of its people in elections and a common European idea. As a consequence European politicians have major problems to persuade rhetorically. Our authors took a look at some political speeches to find a new story that could possibly bind Europe.

Root Treatment

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I doubt that a European narrative ever existed. Just listen to the speeches given by European politicians like Angela Merkel.

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by Dietmar Till
30.06.2014

Small and useful

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A general European narrative remains elusive, and we have not succeeded in distilling our desires into a comprehensive utopian vision. But there is one thing we should strive to remember.

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by Vazrik Bazil
25.06.2014

The Role of Populism in the EU

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Let's fight

The EU is in need of its populists. Because without loud and critical voices, no fruitful dispute will take place. How could democracy possibly work in such a manner?

A step too far

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The disappointing result for Geert Wilders' far right reflects Dutch attitudes about Europe.

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by Jochanan "JD" Mussel
23.06.2014

Down with the Veil!

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Europe's populists are dangerous. They dress up as democrats merely to hide their authoritarian faces.

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by Paula Diehl
12.03.2014

Afraid?

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Anti-European sentiment is on the rise. This could end up badly. But populism also serves an important function.

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by Christina Schori-Liang
31.01.2014

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

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

Towards a European Army

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One Force

The modern security threats are often beyond the capabilities of national militaries. A European army has a good deal of support among many European leaders. Though, despite announcements, not much has happend yet. While an EU army might be the ultimate goal, to many Europeans, the thought of giving up one's national army stil is unsettling.

Dual force

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Europe future is a European one. But even if the final goal of European defense is a European army, another strategy – for now – seems more realistic.

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by Franz-Josef Jung
14.04.2014

If you want peace, prepare for war

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There is one simple truth: Maintaining peace and security in Europe requires preparedness to defend it at home and abroad. But to discuss the European army can be counterproductive.

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by Ana Gomes
26.03.2014

The changing tone

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What might have been started at the Munich conference is a strategic debate on a reinvigorated role for both Germany and the EU in international security.

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by Alistair Shepherd
21.03.2014
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