A Culture of Debate

The European brings together the voices that matter. Together, we search for answers to the questions of our time.

The European is _the_ debate magazine. We raise important societal questions and embrace the art of debate as the basis of our journalism. We are discursive and analytical.

Absolute truths do not exist within a pluralistic, democratic and secular society. Truths are the products of discursive deliberations. We have given ourselves the name “The European” in recognition of the European cultural tradition and the legacy of the Enlightenment. We regard freedom of opinion as one of the cornerstones of liberal societies. Without it, there can be no freedom of the press, of science and of the arts. The European is especially committed to the human right to free expression.

A changing world confronts us with a stark choice: We can passively experience transformation, or seek to actively shape the world of tomorrow. We want to create – but we remain convinced that the questions before us outnumber the answers we have embraced in the past. New answers must be discovered, formulated and discussed. Debate is the vehicle that propels us into the future.

The editorial team of The European has set itself the task of bringing together relevant voices to engage in constructive debates. We expect our authors and our readers to defend their opinions and engage critically with the arguments of others.

Four distinct features define our coverage: We look towards the future. We present new alternatives. We value active participation in our debates. We embrace the ideal of interdisciplinary thinking.

The European is not a partisan publication. We have published voices from all parts of the political and cultural spectrum. To debate is to consider and respect contrary opinions, and to respond to them argumentatively.

The European has developed several different revenue streams. We sell ads on our website and in our print magazine, and raise revenue through subscriptions and newsstand sales. In addition, The European Publishing House offers consulting services, sponsored event planning and the conception and realization of specialized publications for businesses, media companies and foundations. The investors only represent themselves. No shares are owned by other publishing houses, political parties, religious organizations, unions or interest groups. The European is an independent magazine.

The European seeks to provide answers about the future of journalism. Our communication and media consumption habits are shifting. We are part of a global network of emerging journalistic projects and businesses. The European believes in the power of niche markets. We are convinced that good journalism continues to matter and adds value for clearly defined target audiences.

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