Topics of the European Elections 2014

The upcoming elections to the European Parliament will determine whether Europe is moving towards an ever-closer union or drifting towards a fragmented and estranged region. We want to address the pressing questions and background issues of this watershed election.

First as tragedy, then...

Europe is putting up a brave front after the watershed election, but now it has to face the bitter reality.

A step too far...

In the Netherlands, political engagement has tempered racism and anti-migration sentiments. But it has done so at a cost.

A bleak reality...

Across Europe, Roma people are facing blatant racism. And yet there is hope.

Chasing the tale...

Have pro-Europeans been telling the wrong kind of story, or why are so many Europeans still struggling with their identity?

Home is where the hard...

Five years after the outbreak of the European debt crisis, youth unemployment shows no signs of abating. Unless politicians find a remedy, a whole generation will be forced into exodus. A portrait.

Europe’s ugly face...

Europe isn't as tolerant as we would like to believe. In Slovenia, hateful associations can still freely march on the streets.

Giving Europe new mome...

Europe must set its priorities straight if it wants to remain a key player in global affairs. Only a Union that is both political and pragmatic can withstand competition.

United in Opposition...

The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists stands for a different kind of Europe. We believe that Europe would be more prosperous and democratic if each nation provided for its own needs.

Faces are facades...

This year’s European elections are more personalized than ever. But the jousting between front runner candidates remains a facade: Europe’s democratic deficit runs much deeper.

Avoiding a Lost Genera...

If Europe wants to prosper, it will have to provide work for its youth. Countries like Denmark and Sweden lead the way by offering a crucial guarantee.

Overqualified and Unde...

Europe’s unemployed youth doesn’t mind a little economic insecurity. What they can’t stand is a chronic atmosphere of political hopelessness. No wonder they are fleeing the continent.

The Temp Trap...

What measures can fix youth unemployment? Some simple solutions will do – as long as we correct a big mistake from the past.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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