Sources of uncertain hope

Czech Republic, Spain, Norway and Belgium after the EP elections After May’s elections, Prague saw the largest public demonstration since the Velvet Revolution. The country now hosts the strongest Pirate …

Putinism after Putin

Many Russians were happy to exchange the freedoms of the 1990s for a stream of oil money and a concept of ‘order’ guaranteed by a paternalistic leader. Putin’s popularity may …

Why liberal elites can be dangerous to democracy

Interviewed by Ludger Hagedorn, Czech political scientist Pavel Barša makes the case for a balance between the ideals of liberalism and collective sovereignty. Barša argues that individual freedom and civil …

Interference everywhere?

Disinformation in the EP election Although the Kremlin did try to interfere in European politics, focusing on Russia is misleading. Since some governments in the European Union are more interested …

Who (today, 105 years ago) Killed the Habsburg Empire?

The article argues that the Habsburg empire declined and ultimately collapsed—with disastrous consequences for the global geopolitical system—not because of its critics, such as, Frantisek Palacky or Thomas Masaryk, or …

An ominous sign

UK, Estonia and Latvia after the EP election What next for Britain and the EU? Though the Brexit Party will now be one of the largest national parties in the …

Today’s Russia: State-controlled Lies, All Lies

The Russian Federation has been using different ways to influence the domestic affairs of European countries and manipulate Russian public opinion. Russian state channels are flagship tools for both of …

Unaccountable Europe

How (un)democratic is the EU? Democracy is being denied by the EU’s leaders. At fault are not ‘Brussels bureaucrats’ but the member states and their representatives. Lack of transparency makes …

Slow Motion Putsch

Sometimes things get clearer with distance; step away from a pointillist painting, and what appeared as chaos begins to take shape. Since moving to this country – a country I’ve …

The new identity politics

Rightwing populism and the demand for dignity   Francis Fukuyama’s argument that far-right identity politics were pioneered by the left has been criticized as blame-shifting. But this is a partial …