Europe in Crises

Timothy Snyder:
A Speech to Europe 2019

 »The work of memory is in the present. In our century, a place such as the Judenplatz is not simply a square within a city, but a site that might be viewed from a distance, anywhere in the world, through technology. Jews were once taken from Vienna to be murdered, and that crime cannot …
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Gisela Stuart:
Europe and Its Dissenters

Political Salon, April 2020. What does it take for a politician, who was member of the European Convention and thus actively shaping the vision for a stronger European Union to turn into a passionate advocate for Brexit? What does it take for a German to want to politically divorce Britain from the continent? What does …
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Franz Fischler, Ulrike Guérot:
Was kann – was darf die EU?

Die Europäische Union wird von den BürgerInnen einerseits immer häufiger als überbordende Bürokratie wahrgenommen. Andererseits beklagt man die marginale Rolle, die die EU in der internationalen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik spielt. Aber wie (ohn)mächtig ist die EU wirklich? Aber auch: Wie (un)demokratisch ist sie und hört sie auf das, was die BürgerInnen am meisten bewegt? Kaum …
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Ulrike Lunacek, Niccolò Milanese:
Citizens of Nowhere – How Europe Can Be Saved from Itself

Panel Discussion, May 2019: Europe might appear like a continent pulling itself apart. Ten years of economic and political crises have pitted North versus South, East versus West, citizens versus institutions. And yet, these years have also shown a hidden vitality of Europeans acting across borders, with civil society and social movements showing that alternatives …
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James Kirchick:
The End of Europe

Panel Discussion, March 2017: Once the world’s bastion of liberal, democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest. The old pathologies of anti-Semitism, populist nationalism, and territorial aggression are threatening to tear the European postwar consensus apart. With President Trump now threatening to abandon America’s traditional role …
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Ivan Krastev, Christian Ultsch:
After Europe

Political Salon, November 2017. Can democratic institutions be transformed to serve exclusionary ends? Why has the ongoing refugee crisis transformed the politics of Central and Eastern European states—despite the fact that these countries host virtually no migrants? And what do demographic and generational changes mean for the liberal consensus that emerged in the wake of …
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Europe Drifting: What Is to Be Done?

 The European Union is at a crossroads. After decades of peace and prosperity it is confronted with the deepest questions concerning its future. Old ways are insufficient to deal with the present challenges. There is a stultifying lack of leadership beyond pronouncements of a will to change ingrained habits. Yet, challenges, internal and external …
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Ivan Vejvoda:
A Future for Europe? Politics and Democracy in Times of Uncertainty

Inaugural Address, October 2017 by Ivan Vejvoda We are living in times of individual, political, economic and societal uncertainty. Europe is confronted with an unprecedented crisis, an internal self-questioning of the project itself manifested by the rise of nationalism and populism, coupled with external challenges of the wave refugees, the crisis in the Middle East and …
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Europe in Crisis

‘Europe is in crisis.’ Almost every report on the EU today finds that it is in a crisis. After the financial crisis of 2008, the so-called migration crisis in 2015 and the crisis resulting from the Brexit referendum in 2016, Europe is facing a new challenge in the wake of the Corona pandemic. The impression …
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