Debating in the Maelstrom: Do the Greens Have the Answers to the Crisis?

The first edition focuses on the economic crisis in the EU, but also connects it to the democratic crisis, arguing that they are two sides of the same coin. With articles from respected commentators such as Jürgen Habermas and Alain Lipietz,  and on major issues such as the Portugese bailout and the democratic upheaval in Hungary, this first edition launches the Journal is provocative and essential reading for all European Green activists.

Articles in this edition

01.03.2012
Debating in the maelstrom

Our Editor-in-Chief, Benoit Lechat, discusses the first edition of the Green European Journal.

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01.03.2012
Ecology as a way out of the crisis

How do we get out of the crisis? That is the main question that political figures are being asked today right across Europe. Maybe the software of ecology is the best adapted to get us out of the crisis?

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01.03.2012
Fears & hopes: The end of an economic model and the Green alternative

The present crisis already appears to be as serious as the Great Depression of the Thirties, but what does it mean for the future of our economic system? And what is the Green alternative?

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01.03.2012
Green New Deal – the German Perspective

As the EU’s largest economy, the decisions the economic direction that Germany takes will have a major impact on the rest of the Union. This article by the German Greens examines how this ‘engine of Europe’ can be turned green.

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01.03.2012
What can Europe learn from Greece?

A German MP and a Greek MEP discuss with the GEJ how Green cooperation could provide the key to Greece’s future within the EU.

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01.03.2012
Causes & Consequences: a Perspective from Portugal

Contrary to what some neoliberals may claim, successive Portugese Governments have followed sound fiscal policy in order to bring their country into line with Eurozone requirements. However, the austerity being imposed on Portugal by the EU runs the risk of undoing decades of progress, and isolating Portugal from the European economy.

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01.03.2012
For a more democratic Europe

In the short term, the crisis requires all our attention. But the political actors should not forget the structural defects of the monetary union.

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01.03.2012
Visions for the Future of Europe

In advance of a Party meeting on the future of European, Green members of the German Bundestag and European Parliament discuss the future of the European project.

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01.03.2012
What’s Going on in Hungary?

As the Hungarian government continues to receive criticism for its undemocratic ‘reforms’, LMP co-founder Kristóf Szombati discusses whether they mark a return of nationalist ideology to Europe.

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01.03.2012
Europe’s Identity Crisis

The European Project lacks any significant ingredient of emotional bonding. In the absence of a “European soul”, the existing rational, bureaucratic structure is doomed to remain a distant presence for the citizens of Europe.

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01.03.2012
Editorial Project: greening the debate on the future of Europe

If they really want to take up the challenges that they will face in this century, Europeans need to develop a common public sphere where their differences can meet. By helping to build a green European public space, the Green European Journal aims to make a modest green contribution to this broader project.

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