Search Results for "European" : 143

by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:59 am / in Europe, Winter 2013, World

The Far Right Hook

…rmines the ethos of a united Europe. The manifestations of this trend are evident in three countries, unique and European. France is a major European nation, critical to the European foundation and its second-largest economy; the United Kingdom is European, yet Atlanticist in orientation; and Greece is part of the southern underbelly of Europe, economically and politically challenged relative to the stronger northern nations. The global recession…

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by / on December 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm / in Europe, Issue, World

When Europe Stops Remembering: Union, Exit, and European Peace

…which threaten it.” So begins the Schuman Declaration of 1950, often regarded as laying the foundations for the European Union as we know it today. With the memory of two World Wars still fresh in the minds of their citizens, the states of Europe set out to create an economic union that would make war “not only unthinkable, but materially impossible.” When we talk about the European Union today, our focus is usually economic. Is it fair to allow…

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:20 am / in Current Issue

Fight and Flight

…e, to prove the EU offers more than moral rhetoric, is lost. In September, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, outlined a plan to resettle 160,000 refugees across Europe. Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, presented a plan for five times that, in her country alone. Germany is not Europe, but for the refugees, it may as well be.he problem is not a European problem,” said Viktor Orbán, prime minister of Hungary, of the man…

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by / on October 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm / in Opinion, World

The State of the (European) Union

…hat the idea of a Franco-German war is beyond incredulity. Democracy from Portugal to Poland; a common market; a European Parliament – all of these seem so natural. If recognizing a common heritage among European nations and striving to put this common heritage of warfare and competition behind us is to be a Europhile, a Europhile I must be. As a French citizen, taking the train to Berlin so casually and carelessly is something that my gran…

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm / in Briefings, Europe, World

Charge of the Right Brigade

by   European countries have traditionally had political parties that range from the very liberal to the very conservative, stretching further in both directions than, say, the two political parties in the United States. Historically, the more conservative parties remained firmly on the fringes of society and did not gained much power politically. The recent changes in the ethnic distribution […]

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by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:18 am / in Europe, Uncategorized, World

The Christian Right Angle

…which is founded on Christianity, on the identities, including ethnic identities, and if you must the colour of European peoples and on the secular and democratic traditions that grew out of our Christianity and our way of doing things, a choice between that and becoming an Islamic caliphate. There’s no question about it, the government figures show it.” For Griffin, Christianity forms the bedrock of European culture. His repeated mention of Chr…

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by / on September 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: The European Crisis in its Political Context

…On Friday, September 28, Columbia University’s Center on Global Economic Governance (CGEG) and its East Central European Center hosted two foreign ministers to discuss the economic crisis that has recently plagued the eurozone. However, the bulk of the event centered on a discourse about the European Union as an institution, something both speakers seemed keen to discuss. The speakers were Foreign Minister Karl Schwarzenberg, of the Czech Republ…

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by / on October 13, 2012 at 11:59 am / in Opinion, World

Under Pressure

…simple. If no conditions are placed on the bailouts, it would create a case of widespread moral hazard. Southern European countries would be under the impression that Germany would always be ready to bail them out, having no incentive to reform their economies. The Germans understandably need assurance that the European periphery is ready to slash their unsustainable levels of debt and move towards reforming their uncompetitive and stagnant econo…

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by / on February 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm / in Opinion, World

Lessons From Mali

…tion: the position of “High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security” was supposed to embody European foreign policy. Catherine Ashton, the first person to hold this position has however inherited a difficult position. Uniting the foreign policies of 27 member states has proved a rather difficult enterprise. The European Union may officially adhere to the doctrine of an  “Ever closer Union” but its nation-states remain ever se…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Behind the Burqa Bans

…d a problem for Britain. To be sure, the racial makeup of these countries is changing quickly. The population of European Muslims will increase by about 35 percent by 2030, a demographic shift that will alter the makeup and feel of Europe as we know it. Given that the “native” European populations have declining birthrates, the Europe of tomorrow will not be the predominately white Christian Europe of yesteryear. Britain, due to its colonial past…

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