Europe’s 2017 Considered

Economic recovery, migration, populism and Macron. 2017 was a year of challenges and hope that Considering Europe’s team analysed from different perspectives. We gathered some of our pieces and reconstructed the political history of 2017 with an eye on what 2018 will bring.

The Polish Paradox of a Polarised Nation

One of the defining images of the recent political events in Poland came on 24th July, as both the President, Andrzej Duda, and Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, addressed the nation on TV. Viewers of State TV (TVP) would have been forgiven for not realising the President’s live speech had been bypassed to show the Prime Minister’s recorded address first, only to then broadcast Duda’s message.

Turkey and the EU – an unfinished affair since 1963

In the referendum of April 16, 2017, 51.3% of Turkish voters approved of proposed amendments to the constitution, which will diminish checks and balances on executive power. The referendum did not bring Turkey politically closer to the European Union - it worsened a relationship that was already deteriorating. But there was a time when the two shared a common interest in building a closer alliance.

Less democracy, less measles

The recent outbreak of measles in Italy is another confirmation of how damaging the anti-scientific stance of protest parties can be. A misleading campaign with the motto “vaccinate less, vaccinate better” by the Five Star Movement convinced a worrying number of Italian parents not to follow the doctors’ advice.