Trump’s unpopular decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change undermines the objectives of the agreement while marking the lowest moment yet in an increasingly frail transatlantic relationship. But is it really all bad news?
Trump and Merkel’s latest clash over German trade policy revives a decade-long economic power struggle within Europe. Germany’s export is booming: is it a problem? Should Berlin invest more? German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump at their joint press conference in the White House in Washington, D.C, on March 17, 2017. Both … Continue reading Trump vs Merkel: German Trade on Trial and the Eurozone Crisis
The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has recently taken his vision of ‘illiberal democracy’ to a new level, passing legislation aimed at driving the American-Hungarian Central European University (CEU) out of the country, as well as launching systematic attacks against the university’s founder George Soros. But with the Hungarian parliamentary elections scheduled for 2018, have … Continue reading Resistance and Resentment in Hungary: Viktor Orbán, CEU and the Budapest Olympics
Populist parties, typically on the far-right fringe of the political spectrum, are on the rise in Western democracies, and many liberals cannot believe their eyes. The media publish scandalous news stories about populist claims and policies, liberal protesters take to the streets, and traditional party politicians refuse to cooperate with the growing anti-liberal forces. But … Continue reading It is the content, stupid!
Addressing a rapid increase in socioeconomic, cultural and religious diversity is a challenge for the world’s “humanitarian superpower”. Instead of constant accusations and disagreements, discussions should focus on how to turn this diversity into an asset and prevent it from becoming a dividing force.
This race to the Elysée is like no other before. France’s democracy and values are being tested by a poisonous political discourse, corruption scandals and personal attacks. These tensions make the French electorate, robbed of the standard left-right political compass, an unpredictable voting body. How will people respond?
European integration has roused separatist movements across the continent. The past has become contested territory in a struggle over state legitimacy. Devolution, introduced to reinforce member states' cohesion, now forces the UK and Spain to reap what they have sown.
The Commission’s newly published White Paper presents five options for the future of the EU. Some look more promising than others and one seems to have found the support of four big players. At last September’s State of the Union Speech, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker painfully went through the whole list of … Continue reading We need a vision. Maybe even five.
We know that the European Union is a supranational organization consisting (at the moment) of 28 member states. We know that there are seven institutions responsible for principal decision-making. We know that these decisions made in Brussels and Strasbourg influence our daily lives. But what does it mean to be European?
Today politicians have many new ways to engage with their voters. As we have already seen, Twitter has taken its place as one of the most significant tools in political communication. Newly elected US president Donald Trump is perhaps the most well-known representative of modern-day Twitter politics.