Crisis / Transit

The European Union and the Habsburg Monarchy

Europa regina

The Habsburg Monarchy lasted five centuries. It was both solid and flexible; it aroused genuine affection among its citizens. But it vanished in a puff of smoke. Should we expect the European Union, shallow in history and unloved by those it serves, to do better?
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The Tragedy of the European Union
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On September 9, 2012, US financier and philanthropist George Soros was a guest of the Institute for Human Sciences at its Political Salon. In a talk on The Future of the Euro, held before invited guests, Mr Soros presented his vision of how the European financial crisis can be solved. His considerations were commented by Austrian Minister of Finance Maria Fekter and subsequently discussed with the audience.
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Lost Momentum: The European Union in 2011

Twenty five years ago, when I crossed the border from Austria to Czechoslovakia, I was taken off of a train there and questioned by Czechoslovak cops for an hour. My wife and children were still on the train. It was a scary experience. In March this year, I drove from Bratislava to the Vienna airport. …
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Obama and the Crisis: What Does the Future Hold?

The rise of populist, xenophobic and nationalist parties has been attributed to tensions arising from the financial crisis in Europe. While these tensions have erupted in some regions of the United States as well, ironically at the national level, the steep downturn delivered a democratic victory with the election of Barack Obama. This is not …
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Deutungsbegriff für neue gesellschaftliche Gefährdungen?

»Überflüssig in diesem Land«[1] Im Oktober 2004 porträtierte die Berliner taz unter dem Titel »Überflüssig in diesem Land« den Reserveoffizier der Bundeswehr, Andreas S.[2] In das Bild, das sich die Gesellschaft ebenso wie die Soziologie von ›den‹ Überflüssigen, von der »uneinheitlichen Gruppe der am Arbeitsmarkt Marginalisierten: Langzeitarbeitslose, Sozialhilfeempfänger, arbeitssuchende Jugendliche, Beschäftigte im Tieflohnsektor und in …
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Anatomie einer Krise.
Das Scheitern der EU-Verfassung und die Dilemmata der Osterweiterung

Seit ihrer Osterweiterung im Mai 2004 ist die Europäische Union in eine manifeste Identitätskrise geraten, zu der mit der Ablehnung des Verfassungsvertrages in Frankreich und den Niederlanden eine politische Vertrauenskrise hinzugekommen ist, wobei beide Krisen sich wechselseitig verschärfen. Dabei ist es noch gar nicht so lange her, dass Charles Kupchan in seinem Buch über das …
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How Did the 2008 Economic Crisis Affect Social and Political Solidarity in Europe?

One possible outcome of the economic crash of 2008 was that the majority or mainstream members of a society would direct their anger and fear against the minority or marginal members of their society. Commentators on television or the radio would claim, “it’s all the fault of the immigrants!” or “if we didn’t hand over …
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