Under the (modest) title „Essays on the Future of Europe“ our authors provide insight into various concepts for a new Europe. Contrary to the well-known TINA dictum („There is no alternative“), they strengthen a non-technocratic position on the future of Europe. They try to take into account concepts from current scientific debates as well as art and culture. They comment on current new publications, but also try to make their own attempts at synthesis.

The European Parliament: An Analysis from the Perspective of Chantal Mouffe’s Agonistic Pluralism

The European Union is often called an undemocratic (and bureaucratic monster), left-wing debates in particular are dominated by narratives like this. But how could a leftist approach to the EU look like? Against the background of these questions I propose an analysis of the European Parliament (EP) in terms of Chantal Mouffe’s theory of Agonistic […]

Drawing lots as a solution to the crisis of modern democracy?

European democracies are faced by the rise of right-wing populism, plummeting turnout figures and growing exasperation with the EU. These Trends are occurring in the background of a lack of institutional power and representing a profound crisis of democracy. Could the situation be improved by a lot procedure? […]
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Losverfahren als Antwort auf die Krise der Demokratie?

The ambivalent European

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek rarely finds words of praise. Instead, he is well known for his controversial pamphlets against capitalism or the power of the European Union. All the more, it might be astonishing for some to hear that now he even claims the EU to be essential. […]
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Clash of Ideology?

German political scientist Ulrike Guérot published her new essay “Der neue Bürgerkrieg“(the new civil war) on 4th of May 2017. Our columnist has read it. […]
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The Hidden Wealth of Europe

Recently, with the publication of Capital in the twenty-first century (2014), research on economic inequality experienced long not seen prominence within public debate, most notably, enabling a discourse about the distribution of wealth.

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