The battle of Europe’s utopias

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Series Details 28.01.15
Publication Date 28/01/2015
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The EU’s austerity policies have led to a fragmentation of its power, encouraging the rise of populist parties.

+ Postmodern Europe tried to put History – with its class warfare, belief systems, and ideologies – behind it

+ Populist ideologies are making their return, attractive not just to the average citizen, but also to many members of national elites

+ In this battle between utopias, ideas, and visions of Europe, those at the extremes embark on marriages of convenience and drown out moderate options

+ Europe is in need of a catharsis, but we are getting ever more bogged down in the clash of legitimacies and democracies

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ESO: Background information: Europe’s history is key to understanding the current fault-lines in European politics
ESO: Background information: Europe must listen to its people
ESO: Background information: Populism in the EU: new threats to the open society?
ECFR: Commentary, 26.01.15: Greece: So yes, yes you can

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