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Circumventing Red Lines: The Paradigmatic Shift in Israel’s Policy on Jerusalem

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Israeli and Palestinians share a complex urban reality in Jerusalem. Appropriate and fair policies for both communities could help enhance the living environment in the city and the personal security of all its residents in order to reduce factors that exacerbate tension in the city such as the unilateral alteration of boundaries.

By Betty Herschman, Yudith Oppenheimer

The High Price of Our ‘Low-Cost’ Monetary Union

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The present critical policy issues, namely the management of migration and common borders, the cooperation with neighbouring countries, the reform of defence structures and doctrine as well as the ongoing endemic flaws of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) could be addressed using resources drawn from a common budget. 

By Viriato Soromenho-Marques, Ricardo Cabral

How Do We Choose between the Market and the Nation?

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A mortal division breaks through Brexit but is also an inherent problem of the European project. The duopoly between the market and the nation and which one to value most calls for a model for an alternative and different Europe. Europeans need rather more then less Europe.  

By James Bartholomeusz

Vive La Fraternité: Why EU Civil Society Must Learn from the French

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Civil society and citizens take over the duties in welcoming refugees where Member States and the EU fail. Parts of civil society have awoken across borders to contest policies and laws that they believe to be contrary to the ‘core principles’ of both Member States and the EU, as well as contrary to broader humanitarian, religious or political principles. 

By Jennifer Allsopp
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Europe in Suspense: The German Coalition Thriller Continues

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The grand coalition which had governed Germany for four years suffered serious losses in the parliamentary election of 24 September 2017. Finally, almost five long months later, the outcome is a new grand coalition between CDU and SPD. While for Germany a new edition of the grand coalition might mean more of the same and could lead to more frustration among the voters and a growth of right-wing populism, what does it mean for a European Union ? 

All Circus, No Bread

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Populism seems the new power of modern democracies. It is tricky to define and argue against it since it takes profit from democratic structures but at the same time is its fierce enemy. How to define populism? What are causes and possible solutions? How to act against it?

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2018: Re-launch or Further Disintegration of the European Project

Saying that Europe is back, as French president Emmanuel Macron declared recently, seems to be slightly over-optimistic. Will Angela Merkel, damaged by vote loss in the election and her failure to put a coalition with the Greens and Liberals together, be able and willing to support Macron in his attempts to re-launch the European project? Will other Member States join in these efforts? Not too many contenders seem to be on the horizon. In Central Eastern Europe right-wing populism and nationalism have taken over and in some countries the rule of law is under pressure. In the South, Italy seems to be heading for post-election chaos and the Spanish state is rattled by Catalonia’s independence efforts. Greece is still wrestling with economic and social problems and its disproportionate share of the burden of the migration crisis. The North is quiet and seemingly unattached as always, but even there populism is gnawing away at the fundaments of democracy. The founder nations of what has become the EU are struggling to keep on track, which in the case of Italy is likely to end in derailment. All this makes the EU’s prospects for 2018 uncertain. The post-Brexit Union keeps disintegrating, politically and economically, but also in terms of shared values. Fundamental reforms are needed in order to save the legitimacy and integrity of the Union. But who will push for them? Europe needs leaders with a vision and the courage to interrupt the national and institutional navel-gazing which has been going on for too long and led to the impasse we’re stuck in since many years.

Marianne Ebertowski
EU Policy Programme
Tel. +32-2-743 41 05
Email: marianne.ebertowski@eu.boell.org

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Our blog deals with the main challenges the European Union faces in 2018 and provides posts by a range of high profile authors and young talents with different professional and national backgrounds.

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The Role of the European Union in Its Neighbourhood and in the World

The EU has to (re)define what role it wants to play in a global context and in its neighbourhood. In this web dossier, we will focus on three topics: the Western Balkans enlargement strategy; the conflicts in the Middle East (Jerusalem, Syria), the refugee crisis and the transatlantic tug-of-war. 

External Relations

Long Live Stalin! Putin’s Politics of Memory

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Putin’s politics of memory constitutes a key pillar of the social legitimisation of his authoritarian regime.The rehabilitation of Stalin is strongly correlated with the growth of the neo-imperialistic worldview in Russian society. 

By Adam Balcer

Trump vs. EU: The Dead End of the Normative Approach

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The disappointment of Europeans grows with the tone and manner of Trump’s behaviour, his disregard for European arguments against trade restrictions as well as the fact that he broke an international agreement and threatens European businesses with secondary sanctions. But how can a divided Europe keep up with the US?

By Vessela Tcherneva
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European Integration

Can Brexit Be Prevented?

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The HMS Britannia is sinking. Scrambling attempts to soften the impact of EU withdrawal have the air of rearranging deckchairs when the iceberg has already hit.

By James Bartholomeusz

What's the Matter with Poland?

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In the name of effectiveness, democracy and reforms, the Polish government pushes with radical measures to take control over the juidiciary power and slowly loses popular support. 

By Łukasz Pawłowski
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Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation

60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, Europe is not a pretty sight. But what does the young generation make of all this, in what kind of Europe do they want to live and how do they want to achieve it? 

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When Croatia started negotiating its membership six years ago, the enthusiasm was great. What do Croatians think, hope and fear in light of the approaching EU-Membership?

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