Religion, Secularism, and Sovereignty
The EU nations’ secularism and softer sovereignty are unique
01/11/2005 | by Michael Mertes
A three-way culture war pits fundamentalist secularism against religions, Christianity against a suspicious secularism, and Islam against secularism.
Category Religion, Government and Society, Europe
More Like a Molecule than an Atom
Javier Solana talks to IP
01/08/2005 | by Javier Solana
The EU's "foreign minister" talks with IP about Kosovo, Iran - and the French referendum
Category Security, Western Asia, South-East Europe, Europe
Berlin and the New Transatlantic Agenda
01/08/2005 | by F. Stephen Larrabee
US-European relations are improving under Bush II; here's what Germany can do to help.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, Security, European Union, Military Capacity, United States of America, Europe, Germany, Geographical areas (transnational) and organizations of the Near and Middle East/Northern Africa East/Northern Africa
Dueling Paradoxes
01/08/2005 | by Marcia Pally
Church and state are separated in the US, but not in Europe-- with some surprising results.
Category Religion, Integration, Migration, Government and Society, Transatlantic Relations, Europe-USA, United States of America, Europe
An Empire of Law and Consensus
A call for a Europe–and Europeans–beyond the nation-state
01/02/2005 | by Ulrich Beck
Europe can become neither a state nor a nation–and it won’t. Hence it cannot be thought of in terms of the nation-state. The path to the unification of Europe leads not through uniformity but rather through acknowledgment of its national particularities. Diversity is the very source of Europe’s potential creativity. The solution to national problems lies only in European interaction.
Category European Union, Globalization, Economy and Finance, Political System, Government and Society, Europe
Violent Islamists in the UK and Europe
The British government’s complacency is not warranted
01/02/2005 | by Alex Alexiev
The Muslim Council of Britain, the best known Muslim umbrella organization, touts itself and is touted by British officials as a model of moderate Islam. Yet a large majority of its “affiliates” are extremists. These include scores of Deobandi- and Ahle Hadith-controlled organizations.
Category Terrorism, Security, Religion, Government and Society, Europe, United Kingdom
Failure in the Third Generation
Why should the grandsons favor more European integration?
01/02/2005 | by Kiran Klaus Patel
The main problem of the EU is its unprecedented success. The founding fathers sought above all to eliminate war from a bloody continent. Their project succeeded so well that peace is now taken for granted. The average European is no longer grateful that war has been made unthinkable.
Category Enlargement Process, European Union, Globalization, Economy and Finance, Europe
Germany’s Conditional Solidarity
Good relations with the US are a bedrock policy. But...
01/01/2005 | by Harald Müller
Sorry. Germany’s support for the US cannot be unconditional. Chancellor Schröder’s instinct was right in saying it was, in the wake of 9/11. But we cannot abandon the democratic principles the US taught us and we have internalized, especially in issues of war and peace. We are not vassals.
Category Germany - USA, Transatlantic Relations, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
A new epoch is beginning
European Commissioner Günter Verheugen talks to IP
01/01/2005 | by Günter Verheugen
The EU Commissioner who guided the 2004 eastern enlargement, which saw the EU gain 10 new members at once, speaks to IP about future enlargements and whether the EU will soon run into "enlargement fatigue."
Category Enlargement Process, European Union, Eastern Europe, Europe
The people said No, and that started it
Aleksander Kwasniewski talking to Warsaw’s Polityka
01/01/2005 | by Aleksander Kwasniewski
The Polish President who played a key role in discussions regarding the 2004 Ukraine elections reveals insights into how the current result came about.
Category Democratization/System Change, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Europe
Ukraine’s Most Dangerous Hour
The Orange Revolution’s victory changes the art of the possible
01/01/2005 | by James Sherr
New President Viktor Yushchenko’s success will stand or fall on his ability to change the nature and not simply the image of the system that has governed Ukraine for the past fourteen years.
Category Democratization/System Change, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Europe
Standards and Status
Violence against minorities a year ago scared everyone
01/01/2005 | by Marie-Janine Calic
Talks on the final legal status of Kosovo are due to start this summer. So far Pristina and Belgrade remain at loggerheads, and the international community is only beginning to formulate some ideas of how to square the circle of Serb refusal to give up its erstwhile province and Kosovar Albanian insistence on nothing less than full independence. The internationals have now ruled out any return to Serb rule, however.
Category State Building, Government and Society, Kosovo, South-East Europe, Europe
For German National Interest
It’s high time to restore our lost foreign policy compass
01/01/2005 | by Hans-Peter Schwarz
Founding father Konrad Adenauer got the balance right. He welcomed the prospect of bringing Germany‘s first successful democracy into an eventual “United States of Europe.” But he kept this distant goal in a dialectic with national interest. It's nation states that build democracies.
Category German Foreign Policy, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Atlanticism for the 21st Century
NATO's Secretary-General contends that the worst is over after the transatlantic feuds that broke out with the Iraq war. They naysayers always exaggerated in any case. Momentum returned with the Istanbul summit last June. The US and Europe remain each other's No. 1 strategic partners. And terrorism requires cooperation between the two as never before.
Category NATO, Security, Conflicts and Strategies, Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements, European Union, Europe-USA, United States of America, Europe, Iraq, Near and Middle East/North Africa
The Israeli Image of European Antisemitism
01/08/2004 | by Avi Primor
Many Israelis avoid traveling to Europe out of fear of antisemitism there, just as many Europeans avoid visiting Israel out of fear of terrorist bombs. Yes, there is antisemitism in Europe, but there is also a certain Israeli magnification, sometimes ingenuously, sometimes intentionally, of European hostility to Jews.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, Conflict-Prevention, European Union, Israel, Europe
Belarus Mocks Europe
01/05/2004 | by Hans-Georg Wieck
Category European Union, Enlargement Process, Belarus, Europe
Transatlantic Power, Legitimacy, and Credibility
01/05/2004 | by Wolfgang Ischinger
Last year’s Iraq crisis was not just one more of the many transatlantic crises since the 1960s. It ran far deeper. It concerned power—military and political,hard and soft—and the legitimacy of the use of military force by the United States. By raising doubts about power, legitimacy, and credibility, it challenged the existing international order more than any other event since the cold war.
Category Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, United Nations, Global Institutions, Law & Institutions, Conflicts and Strategies, Security, United States of America, Europe, Iraq
The EU’s Security Strategy
01/05/2004 | by Fraser Cameron
The taboo word “preemption” does not appear once in “A Secure Europe in a Better World,” in deference to the sensibilities of Germany and the four “post-neutral” members of the European Union. But the EU’s first-ever common strategy statement, approved by Union leaders last December, still adds sticks to the carrots that are the hallmark of Europe’s global diplomacy.
Category CFSP, European Union, CFSP/CSDP, Europe
For an End to Arrogance
01/05/2004 | by David P. Calleo
Between the American unipolar vision—hegemonic and unilateral—and the European pluralist vision—plural and multilateral—there is great potential for conflict. It has taken some time to realize this. Neither side has seemed quite aware that its post-cold war vision represents a radical break with the past.
Category Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, United States of America, Europe