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Why Right Now Is a Crucial Time for Islam in Europe

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Akbar Ahmed

What happened in France was shocking and tragic, but not entirely surprising. Considering the various incidents happening at the same time across Europe, it is not difficult to conclude that the issue of Muslims in Europe will pose a huge challenge to society, including the question of law and order, in the coming time. Dealing with it is a matter of top priority.

Putin Is Bringing Darkness to the Edge of Europe

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

In 2014, Vladimir Putin discovered his inner Trotsky. For what Russia's president is now offering Ukraine is a perverse twist on the formula Trotsky proclaimed during the peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk in 1918: "No war, no peace."

Monetary Union Works Because Europe Is Already Integrated

Mario Draghi | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Mario Draghi

There is a common misconception that the euro area is a monetary union without a political union. But this reflects a deep misunderstanding of what monetary union means. Monetary union is possible only because of the substantial integration already achieved among European Union countries -- and sharing a single currency deepens that integration. If European monetary union has proved more resilient than many thought, it is only because those who doubted it misjudged this political dimension.

What Is Behind Europe's Rising Islamophobia?

Alexander Görlach | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Alexander Görlach

What is feared today is not the loss of any particular country to foreign conquest, but the loss of an imagined entity that binds us together. The Occident is a central piece of our mental maps and our cultural inventory. In a very visceral sense, Europeans are seized by fears of decline and by memories of cultural blossoming. Those fears culminate in the belief that our cathedrals will eventually turn into mosques, that their bells will fall silent and will be replaced by the cries of the muezzin.

Why Europe Is Afraid of Google

Alain Elkann | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

If you own a 90 percent market share, or in some countries even more than that, you are de facto the entry gate to the digital world. If you then decide to discriminate against competitors, or favor your own products over everyone else's -- even when the quality is inferior and without full transparency to the users -- this is an unhealthy market situation.

Matteo Renzi Makes Reform Popular in Italy

Pierpaolo Barbieri | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Pierpaolo Barbieri

Europe today stands between the Scylla of deflation and the Charybdis of a populism filled with rancor but devoid of content and proposals. Italian reform is coming at its own pace, but reforms are there and, even more importantly, they have popular backing.

The Iron Curtain May Be On The Verge Of An Identity Change

The Guardian | Philip Oltermann | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

It used to be the death strip that kept the enemy at bay. Now the former Iron Curtain could come to serve a more benign purpose. This week a group of ...

Can Matteo Renzi Move Mainstream Europe?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

An old saying in Rome has it that the favorite candidate always enters the conclave as the next pope but exits as a mere cardinal. Matteo Renzi, Italy's maverick prime minister, is Europe's man of the hour; but the six-month rotating EU presidency which Italy kicked off earlier this month may leave him severely diminished, unless he fulfills the promise of his leadership with tangible results.

The Czech Republic and the EU: Democracy Without Democrats

Jiri Pehe | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Jiri Pehe

When, in 2003, some 78 percent of Czechs voted in in favor of joining the European Union, the mood in the country was optimistic. The country's economy had shown impressive growth rates; foreign investment had been booming. Joining the EU on May 1, 2004, was seen as a symbolic step underlining successful reforms that had been adopted during the process of accession. On the 10th anniversary of accession, the mood is far less optimistic. According to the latest surveys, about two-thirds of Czechs do not trust the EU, citing too much bureaucracy and overregulation as the main problems of the EU.

Poland's Return to Europe: Lessons for Ukraine, Russia and the West

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

World leaders gather in Warsaw today to celebrate Poland's return to democracy 25 years ago on this day, and the country's astounding economic and political development since then. Today Poland is a prosperous, dynamic and democratic society. Yet the leaders will make the most of their visit if they understand the deeper lessons of Poland's remarkable recovery after 1989 and apply those lessons elsewhere, including vis-à-vis Ukraine and Russia.

Election Results: Ukraine Looks to an Integrated Europe Its Own Voters Reject

Max Tholl | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Max Tholl

A twisted turn of events led to the coinciding of the European elections with the presidential election in Ukraine. And the contrast couldn't be starker. In Ukraine, people strove and fought for Western-style democracy, whereas here, many are left disillusioned by just that. The results show how many people have turned their backs on Europe and are now following the siren calls from the extreme ends of the political spectrum. Voters have granted populists of all colors sweeping victories in many countries, establishing them as mainstream parties and making their political views more and more socially acceptable. This is the real historical moment of this election: the return to our own past, the return to a history whose long shadows we have been trying to eradicate. The election results render true what Marx knew many years ago: that history repeats itself -- first as tragedy, second as farce.

In European Elections, Populism is Against People's Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Amidst veritable media frenzy, we hear the populists and their critiques loud and clear. It is time that someone stand up for the European project. So let us make the argument loudly: a strong, increasingly federal Europe is the best path to freedom, prosperity, and influence in the world. Interconnectedness is a reality, not a choice. In our era of globalization, national regulation is far less effective than continental regulation, which protects consumers from monopolies and unfair practices. From energy to roaming charges, the EU can regulate imperfect matters more effectively than national bodies ever could. In financial markets, the EU has been at the forefront of better regulation to prevent another crisis: from limits on bonuses to the European Central Bank's banking union, we are building a more resilient banking system to protect both depositors and taxpayers alike. Meanwhile the European single market is the key achievement of the Union that has improved standards of living for citizens in every single member state. Today, it provides a strong incentive for countries in the Union to support each other, a truth born out during the financial crisis.

What Really Divides Northern and Southern Europe?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

What distinguishes the two halves of Europe, argues political scientist Francis Fukuyama, is the presence, in the North, of a "political coalition protecting the autonomy of the bureaucracy." Here civil service is largely perceived as impartial and entrusted with providing continuity to policymaking. Governance failures in Southern Europe, on the other hand, are inextricably tied to more or less pervasive forms of clientelism, which buries merit and frustrates reforms.

Germany Should Lead by Example -- Not By Bailouts

Otmar Issing | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Otmar Issing

Complaints about the imposition of a "teutonic regime" and appeals for German leadership seem to contradict each other - a kind of continent-wide cognitive dissonance. In fact, the complaints and calls for leadership are mutually reinforcing. The implementation of austerity policies in the periphery has caused these countries to ask for help and request that Germany take the lead by putting more money on the European table. Nobody would deny that Germany has an interest in preserving the euro. So why shouldn't it support its partners with financial help to overcome the crisis?

There is No Place in the European Union for This Turkey

Theo Summer | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Theo Summer

For 30 years, I have advocated accepting Turkey into the European Union, once the country has fulfilled the Copenhagen Criteria: institutional stability as a guarantee of democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and minority rights, a functioning market economy, and finally the pledge to embrace the goals of the political, economic and monetary union. If Erdogan continues as he has over the past two years, he will not fulfill these criteria. There is no place in the European Union for this Turkey.

Is Europe Worthy of Ukraine?

SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK

Yes, the Maidan protesters in Kiev's Independence Square were heroes, but the true fight begins now: the fight for what the new Ukraine will be. And this fight will be much tougher than the fight against Putin's intervention. The question is not if Ukraine is worthy of Europe, good enough to enter the EU -- but if today's Europe is worthy of the deepest aspirations of the Ukrainians. If Ukraine ends up as a mixture of ethnic fundamentalism and liberal capitalism, with oligarchs pulling the strings, it will be as European as Russia (or Hungary) is today.

Will Russia Sanctions Push Europe Back into Recession?

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Around 40 percent of Russia's trade is with Western Europe. Even if Russia fails to retaliate by itself imposing counter-sanctions -- an unrealistic assumption -- its weaker economy would quickly translate into lower sales by Western European companies to the world's eighth largest economy, as well as less certain input supplies from there.

WATCH LIVE: 'The Tragedy Of The European Union'

Posted 03.13.2014 | World

George Soros is speaking about his new book, "The Tragedy of the European Union" at the London School of Economics on Thursday, March 13th at 2:00-3:3...

Thanks to Bernard-Henri Lévy for Challenging a Defeatist Europe

Constantin Sigov | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Constantin Sigov

Against all of the defeatists united in their resignation to retreat before Putin, this European thinker has stepped up to the struggle for the deliverance of the new Ukraine. This man follows in the great tradition of fighters for freedom -- the Resistance to the Nazi occupation of France during the Second World War, the Prague Spring, and the dissidence in the face of Soviet oppression and lies, among many others.

Inside The Soul Of Angela Merkel

Philosophers' Mail | Posted 03.07.2014 | World

Angela Merkel has just embarked on a third term as Chancellor of Germany - the most robust economy in the developed world and the country with the mos...

Mario Monti: 'France Should Play A More Decisive Role'

The WorldPost | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

Mario Monti, prime minister of Italy from 2011 to 2013 during the height of the euro crisis, is chairman of the Berggruen Institute's Council on the F...

The Free Movement Of People In Europe Must Be Affirmed

Mariano Rajoy Brey | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Mariano Rajoy Brey

If we put all our efforts into saving the euro, we must be prepared to safeguard free movement with the same conviction, as it is the very lifeblood of the single market and, hence, of our prosperity. Let me state this with total clarity: the free movement of people is as important as the free movement of services, capital and goods, and constitutes one of the basic pillars of the EU.

ONE ON ONE: Shaukat Aziz On Europe And The Value Of Leadership

The WorldPost | Katherine Keating | Posted 03.04.2014 | World

His Excellency Shaukat Aziz was the prime minister of Pakistan between 2004 and 2007. He is renowned for his strategic approach, transparency and abil...

A Banking Union Must Be A Pillar Of Europe

Pedro Passos Coelho | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Pedro Passos Coelho

No one should resent the economic success of others. On the contrary. But in the same way that we stand for the ideal of equality of opportunity between individuals within our societies, we also need to deliver that equality of opportunity for every country within our great European society.

Europe's Ukrainian Test

Ana Palacio | Posted 05.03.2014 | World
Ana Palacio

"The West's uncertainty over Ukraine contrasts sharply with Russia's clear vision," Former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio wrote in Project Syndicate. "Putin knows that a pro-Western, pro-NATO Ukraine would present a major obstacle to Russian dominance in Eurasia, potentially cutting off Russia's access to the Black Sea and, most important, providing a model to his opponents at home. His acts over the last days confirm that he is willing to play hardball, leveraging the discontent (real or provoked) of Ukraine's ethnic Russian population, particularly in Crimea, the home of Russia's Black Sea Fleet."