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Europe’s partners: The United States, Russia and Turkey
GIS Essay: A governance tip from the Republic of Venice
Politics have become increasingly dysfunctional in Western democracies. As public debate degenerates into warfare, citizens’ faith in the system wanes. Much of the blame is rightly put on the doorstep of political parties, but can they be fixed? The most enduring republic in Europe’s history offers surprising insight.
Austria and Visegrad: Interests converge in Central Europe
The Visegrad Group, consisting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, initially had little political significance. But with pressure from EU institutions and other member states increasing, the forum has grown in significance. And though it originally wanted to exclude Austria, recently Vienna has found much in common with ...
Self-righteousness weakens the European success story
With a new report on the rule of law in the European Union, leaders and officials within the bloc have again taken to criticizing member states. They should take a look in the mirror, as the EU’s institutions and leading countries often flout the rules themselves. This hypocritical arrogance undermines ...
Europe needs integration, not harmonization
Europe is not a house where everyone lives under the same rules, but a village in which all the houses work together. At least, that was the original vision. Today however, harmonization, under the guise of deeper integration, is the dominant philosophy, a dogma being used to silence dissent and ...