Between Brexit, the rise of illiberal democracies and increasingly sharp divisions – the pressure to reorient the European project has never been more intense. Marta Tycner and Benedek Jávor shared their views with GEJ at “The Future of Europe – The Europe of the Future?” International Conference that was jointly hosted by the Progressive Hungary Foundation, the European Greens and DiEM25
These days, the degrowth movement is not interested in provocation anymore. Instead it wants to stimulate discussions amongst the people who believe that it is possible to decolonise our minds. Vincent Liegey, the coordinator of the latest Degrowth Conference says that the movement’s impact is already visible in many party programmes.
How has the significance of democracy changed, and why do elections not stimulate the same pre-vote frenzy and post-result calm that they use to, and are supposed to. Ivan Krastev explains our new era of 'Democracy of Rejection'.
The idea of a free interrail pass for every EU citizen on their 18th birthday to explore Europe's diversity is enticing. However the EU's emphasis on liberalisation is leading to the loss of night trains.
A broad coalition seems to be gathering pace in Ireland, and extending far beyond the country's borders, calling for a reform of Ireland’s abortion laws - the most stringent in Europe. A courageous campaign combined with a shift in public attitudes could mean real change is finally on the horizon.
The anti-government protests in Poland seem quite disconnected from the legacy of Solidarity, which seems to have been left behind, while it remains to be seen whether the emergence of new political actors signals a genuine shift in the political landscape. An interview with Sociologist Jan Sowa.
Brexit was a wakeup call that something about the EU’s relationship to its citizens needs to change. Forcing more integration would push people away – instead, giving citizens a say and a stake in the EU’s future through regional citizen assemblies may be a path towards a truly representative and interactive EU.
Since 2015, more than one million asylum seekers have entered Europe. Of these, roughly 250,000 have come to the Nordic countries, prompting them to reassess their immigration systems and services. As they greatly benefit from population growth, they ought to welcome humanitarian immigrants, providing sufficient services and education instead of resorting to panic measures.
Despite high hopes for Croatia’s multifarious small parties, and disappointment for the centre-left Social Democrats, Croatia’s September elections have revealed a relative return to stability with the two main established parties retaining most of the seats and leverage in the parliament.
Slightly over two months ago, the ‘Brexit’ vote took place, leaving a lot of us in horror, lethargy, or at least confusion. If our confusion has receded as time has gone by, it is because we have become used to this new reality, not because it started making sense.
After the failed coup d'état in July this year the EU has to re-position itself vis à vis post-coup Turkey. Finding a formulation that satisfies the EU and is acceptable to Turkey will not be easy.
In his latest book the American Nobel prize winner argues for ‘a smooth exit’ from the euro. Unfortunately, his stance reflects a deep misunderstanding of the realities of the old continent.
US Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein often cites examples from Europe as a model for the US to try to imitate. From domestic health care to foreign affairs, there seems to be no issue that Europe isn’t doing better than the US on. Yet could she be missing a much more useful example from Europe: how to actually do Green politics?
Are the two major party blocs that have dominated European politics since the immediate post-WWII period too big to fail? The evidence suggests not — so what are they going to do about it?
PERPETUATING AUSTERITY: SYRIZA, the Greek Greens and the failed 2015 (re)negotiation project (part 2)
After a promising start, how did everything go so wrong in Greece for Syriza, with redoubled austerity imposed to the detriment of the Greek people and their environment? Yannis Paraskevopoulos analyses some key mistakes Syriza made and the role of the Greek Greens in the process. Second in a two-part series.
PERPETUATING AUSTERITY : SYRIZA, the Greek Greens and the failed 2015 (re)negotiation project (part 1)
After a promising start, how did everything go so wrong in Greece for Syriza, with redoubled austerity imposed to the detriment of the Greek people and their environment? Yannis Paraskevopoulos analyses some key mistakes Syriza made and the role of the Greek Greens in the process. First of a two-part series.