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Bianca Achatz: What Populists Leaders Have in Common

The Young Professionals Seminar in October 2017 in Hamburg focussed on “The Populist Challenge“ in Europe, and I was fortunate to discuss this important topic with so many engaged and enthusiastic follow Europeans. The focus for my contribution to this seminar was to analyse contemporary populists and their common traits. The first thing to do …

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A Test for Europe’s German Anchor

Daniela Schwarzer, member of the United Europe board and Research Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), about the foreign policy effects of the German federal elections: While Germany’s center has held, its policy consensus is about to be tested. With the far-right AfD party in the Bundestag, the German public will be …

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New Managing Directors at United Europe

This autumn brings some changes in the management team of United Europe. After more than four years with the association, Bettina Vestring will leave United Europe at the end of October to concentrate on her journalistic work. Jenny Paul, who is engaged in pro-European student movements across Europe, has left at the end of August …

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Julia Reuss on France’s Next President

France is a deeply divided and disaffected country. Emmanuel Macron, a pro-European liberal, and Marine Le Pen, a Nationalist and Protectionist, represent fundamentally different choices. Yet both owe their success to a break with France’s political establishment. Dr. Julia Reuss, a young German who has beein living in Paris since 2013, is deeply worried about …

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Coming Out of the Euro Crisis: A Viewpoint From Spain

Drawing on his expertise on financial markets, Fernando Primo de Rivera in this contribution for United Europe gives a very interesting view of the euro crisis. Thanks to the structural reforms it was forced into, Spain is coming out of the crisis much stronger than it was before. The year 2017 offers Europe a unique …

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J. Bindenagel: The Beginning of the End of the Liberal Order?

It has only been a month since Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States of America, but it sometimes seems like years. In his first weeks in office, Trump has signed a multitude of highly controversial decrees. He has also had to replace his National Security Advisor. “The global public has …

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Mathias Döpfner: How to Counter Fake News

Don’t make laws against fake news. Don’t hold Facebook or Twitter accountable for the content posted by their users. Don’t punish them for false information. Finally, don’t believe that government subsidies are a good way to bolster news gathering and fact checking. Mathias Döpfner, Chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE, one of Europe’s largest …

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The Rome Manifesto: Proposals by the Next Generation

This spring, the European Union is celebrating its birthday. 60 years ago, on March 25, 1957, the six founding nations signed the Treaty of Rome. In the run-up to the anniversary celebrations, United Europe is working on a particularly important project: together with the German-Italian Centre for European Excellence Villa Vigoni, we have selected a …

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“A Devilish Readiness to Risk Everything”

Too much anger and little good news: 2016 will go down as a bad year for Europe and the world. At a meeting of United Europe’s members and alumni in London in early December, pessimism shaded the debate. Both the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election victory in the United States are casting long shadows …

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Antje Hermenau on the post-Brexit initiative ANGLO-SAX

The European Union is facing fundamental questions about its very existence and policies. Especially the former “Eastern bloc” is expressing serious doubts about the common currency or the migration politics of the EU. In Britain, voters opted for Brexit. Other European countries, for instance in Scandinavia, are also questioning the status quo. With the Anglo-Sax …

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