In order to navigate our increasing
interdependence, we need a mental map to help us decide what sort of a rapport
we wish to have with billions of others with whom we share our planet and
destinies, but not our citizenship. And for that we need forums.
The revealing letters of two prominent intellectuals from almost a century ago resonate in contemporary choices between a 'realist' endorsement of nationalism and war and the pursuit of a cosmopolitan global order.
The only electoral promise Fidesz has
fulfilled has been the “restoration of order”, through a myriad of laws,
decrees and regulations, a particularly harsh new Penal Code and several new
Smart people with good hearts disagree about
the nature of almost everything in the world. So what lies ahead? This is the
first in a series of articles about the promise and perils of “trans-partisan politics”.
Every time the Gulf States’ rulers justify their support for violent
rebels in Syria or the military regime in Egypt by appealing to the unalienable
right of peoples to basic rights and representative governance, they legitimize
the Arab Spring in the eyes of their own peoples, too.
The new composition of the European
Parliament after the elections in 2014 is expected to be rather different. It
is estimated that the number of anti-Europeans and Eurosceptics will increase
from around 100 to around 200 MEPs in a total of 751 seats, reinforcing the
presence of radical parties.