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Bernard Lewis, Europe and Islam

It is sometimes forgotten that the content of history—the business of the historian—is the past, not the future. I remember being at an international meeting of historians in Rome during which a group of us were sitting and discussing the question: should historians attempt to predict the future? We batted this back and forth, with differing, even contrasting responses. This was in the days when the Soviet Union was still alive and well. One of our Soviet colleagues finally intervened and said, “In the Soviet Union, the most difficult task of the historian is to predict the past.” I do not intend to offer any predictions of the future of Europe or of Islam, but one thing can legitimately be expected of the historian, and that is to identify trends and processes—to look at trends in the past, at what is continuing in the present, and therefore to see the...

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A Petition for a European Federation

At the initiative of the think-tank EuropaNova and in collaboration with Celsius-Europe, a new generation is calling on European leaders to take responsibility for taking Europe out of the crisis and committing to the creation of a European federation. The first signatories of this manifesto are young NGO responsible, political heads, company directors, journalists, culture people and intellectuals from 15 EU member states. Manifesto: the awakening of a new generation of Europeans. It is now and not in ten years time that the fate of half a billion Europeans and the future model for our societies are at stake. Will we, Europeans, have the courage, determination and energy to turn Europe into a great and democratic power? This is the challenge that we face, as the world rapidly reshapes. In a decade, the West has lost its leadership of the process of globalisation. New global interdependencies have appeared in a...

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Volker Kauder: ‘Europe is Our Future’

Volker Kauder, 62, is the head of the parliamentary group of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. In a SPIEGEL interview, he defines his party’s red lines in the euro bailout efforts and warns against hasty changes to the constitution in response to the euro crisis. SPIEGEL: Mr. Kauder, the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the largest opposition party, is telling Germans that the euro crisis can’t be resolved without shared debt liability. Why don’t Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) — have the courage to tell people the truth? Volker Kauder: The reason is very simple: With us (in power), there won’t be this kind of liability. Euro bonds don’t solve a single problem. In order to re-establish the confidence of the markets, each euro-zone member country needs to put its budget in order by itself. Incidentally, I doubt whether...

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Anne Applebaum: Cameron’s eyes are on the City

Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post, December 12, 2011 [extracts] The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, did not intend to emerge from negotiations in total isolation. In essence, he tried to blackmail the rest of Europe: You agree to give special protections to the City, Britain’s financial services sector — all of those men doing deals in offices — and we will agree, grudgingly, to a new European treaty or amendments to those that exist. But some of what he wanted was redundant, and some of it was presented too late or with too much arrogance. “Nobody understood what Cameron wanted — nobody,” one diplomat told the Financial Times. “We were talking about big things — saving the Euro — and he was asking for peanuts. It was not the time or place.” So the 26 went ahead and did a deal without him. Everyone else in the room thought the...

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Tim King: Referendums are not the right way to address the EU’s democratic deficit

07 February 2013, Opening Remarks. An obsession with referendums used to be just one of the various eccentricities of Switzerland. Nowadays it is common also to the European Union. The promise made to his electorate last month by David Cameron, the United Kingdom’s prime minister, of a referendum on membership of the EU has put a question-mark over the future shape of the Union. And this is not a new experience: the EU’s Nice treaty and Lisbon treaty were both put in doubt by ‘No’ votes in Ireland. The EU’s constitutional treaty was stopped in its tracks by ‘No’ votes in France and the Netherlands. Twenty years ago, the EU was putting itself back together after Danish voters had rejected the Maastricht treaty in a referendum. All these defeats have made the European Council very wary of doing anything that might precipitate a referendum somewhere in the EU – hence...

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Wolfgang Kaden: Britain and the EU. The Failure of a Forced Marriage

Wolfgang Kaden, Der Spiegel 12/10/2011 [extracts] It was to be expected. And now it’s official: The British have elected not to join the treaty governing Europe’s new financial system. But from the very beginning, Great Britain’s participation in a united Europe was a misunderstanding. When the EU was founded, the British still hadn’t finished mourning over their lost empire. Europe seemed far away and Continental efforts at unification were seen by many among the British elite as little more than naïve idealism. Despite such doubts, the EU became a reality, and a success — and it was economic realities that ultimately led London to join. Companies in the UK pushed the government toward Brussels because staying away was far too risky economically. Still, the political classes in Britain never fully shared the Continental conviction that the European Union was an absolute political necessity following two destructive world wars in the...

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Jonathan Jones : Europe u-knighted: King Arthur proves how European the British are

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Jonathan Jones, The Guardian King Arthur must be turning in his grave – or emerging from his cave on Snowdon to save us all. That would be cool. Arthur of the Britons, defender of Albion against the invading hordes – don’t make me laugh. Our greatest national myth is proof of how deeply European we are – and how much Britain has contributed to the idea of Europe. There may be fewer and fewer “good Europeans” left in Britain, as the EU dream apparently becomes a nightmare. But Arthur is their king. It’s a cultural degradation that so many people nowadays seek the origins of Arthur in Dark Age twilight of battling Brits. The “real” chieftain Arthur, supposedly fighting Saxons in the ruins of Roman Britain, will never be found. What’s more, his paltry traces are dull in comparison to the great European medieval legend of King Arthur and the...

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Michele Marchi: Creeping anti-Europeanism

Creeping anti-Europeanism: a spectre haunting Italy Europressresearch, 27/9/12 At the recent Ambrosetti Forum, hosted at Cernobbio as every year, prime minister Mario Monti delivered a heartfelt appeal in favour of the European integration process. He dwelt on the risks associated with the current crisis to the single currency and the “perilous populism that may lead to the European Union disintegrating”. To allay this danger, the Italian premier proposed the highly symbolic gesture of organising an extraordinary European Council of heads of State and government “against populism”; the venue to be equally symbolic: Rome’s Capitol where the EEC act of foundation was signed in 1957. The proposal was warmly welcomed by Hermann Van Rompuy, and goes to show the authority Mario Monti enjoys in Europe and the world. He is particularly alarmed at the image of the EU and the integration process in general, as perceived in our country and its...

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«Ο Σεφέρης εκεί, άλλοτε σκοτεινός, άλλοτε ευανάγνωστος διέτρεχε τα χρόνια, πιο πολύ στα δύσκολα, πιο αραιά στα εύκολα, σύντροφος στα κουπιά. Πάντοτε όμως, ένας οικείος άγνωστος. Πώς θα ήταν, αναρωτήθηκα, αν άνοιγα μια κουβέντα μαζί του; Να του ζητήσω να μας πει για τη Σμύρνη, το φευγιό για την Αθήνα, την ποίηση, τη διχασμένη του καρδιά, για την πολιτική, την Κύπρο που λάτρεψε, τον Θεόφιλο και τον Μακρυγιάννη, τη μουσική, την Μαρώ, το γυρισμό του ξενιτεμένου, τον ελληνισμό στον οποίον πίστεψε τόσο πολύ;»




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Το βιβλίο αυτό εξετάζει, πρώτον, τις αλλαγές που επιφέρει η Μεταρρυθμιστική Συνθήκη στους κανόνες της ευρωπαϊκής ενοποίησης και, δεύτερον, τις πιθανές επιπτώσεις της σε πολιτικές και συσχετισμούς! Αναδεικνύει ευκρινώς μόνιμα ευρωπαϊκά διλήμματα σχετικά με – το οικονομικό μοντέλο (φιλελεύθερη Ευρώπη» έναντι «ευρωπαϊκού κοινωνικού μοντέλου»), – τη στρατηγική ασφαλείας («ειρηνική» (civilian) ή «στρατιωτική» δύναμη) και – την ταυτότητα της αυριανής Ευρώπης, που έχουν τη θέση τους σε ένα ανοιχτό διάλογο. Εξετάζονται επίσης τα ερωτήματα αν και πως οι απαντήσεις της Μεταρρυθμιστικής Συνθήκης θα επηρεάσουν τη θέση της Ελλάδας στο θεσμικό σύστημα της Ένωσης, την εξωτερική της ασφάλεια, τις οικονομικές πολιτικές της και τις ροές πόρων.