Scepticism is healthy for democracy, but not when it degenerates into belief in conspiracy theories. Dieudonné and Jobbik are but two recent examples that the conspiratorial mindset is alive and well in Europe.
Marian Kotleba, a well-known figure of the Slovak neo-Nazi scene, was recently elected as governor of the central Slovak region of Banská Bystrica. Is this the mere consequence of a protest vote, or the indicator of a much more disturbing trend?
If only the politicians and journalists would try to understand a bit
more not only the lives of Roma migrants, but also the poverty conditions and
structural inequalities in which so many different groups of people live in
Does the EU
deserve its Nobel Peace Prize? 2013 is the European Year of
Citizens, dedicated to the rights that come with EU citizenship. It seems
utterly remote and removed from the reality facing millions of Roma across the
Collusion between the press and politicians
is not confined to western Europe. Central and Eastern European countries are
also plagued by their own mini-Murdochs – and in these more fragile democracies,
they represent an even bigger threat.