With national and European governments in gridlock, the cities themselves have decided to bypass the state level altogether and forge ahead with some very innovative solutions to the crises facing Europe today.
At the 'Capitalism Tribunal' in Vienna, citizens from across the world are invited to prosecute or defend capitalism. The charges are then transferred from the digital sphere to physical space, in a real trial.
Britain's application for £17.6bn in EU subsidies for the construction of the brand new Hinkley Point nuclear power station has drawn the ire of Austria's government, who say that such a subsidy is illegitimate and unethical.
Attention on the still ongoing Syrian civil war
has chronically faded. Last remaining hopes for peace seem to have been dashed.
But a peace conference that took place some months ago thought outside the box.
This article looks at the basic framing devices of the Austrian Freedom Party's rhetoric in the European parliament, and some of their debates. It is taken from a Counterpoint series on populist rhetoric leading up to the European elections.
Sub-state institutions may claim that they
need self-government in order to maintain their distinct progressive tradition
while, in reality, the distinct progressive tradition is often created in order
to justify claims to self-government.
Now that the EU is
ready to embrace the new Ukrainian government, investing at least one billion
euros in the ‘revolutionized’ country, it is time to reinvestigate the question
of far right influence in Ukraine.
It hardly matters under what label - including American
“safety” and “security” - such a governing power is built; sooner or later, the
architecture will determine the acts, and it will become more tyrannical at
home and more extreme abroad. Thank your lucky stars that Edward Snowden
made the choices he did.
While European leaders have expressed outrage about
the US eavesdropping on the communications of its citizens, for them to symbolically challenge
the US is one thing; to challenge it substantively is another thing altogether.
When it comes to European exclusionary politics, the Austrian case is a
puzzling story of a historically rooted right-wing extremism which
managed to overcome the outdating of its main ideological component –
thanks to anti-immigration xenophobia.
Centre-right parties across Europe are announcing the failure of multiculturalism. We are witnessing a co-ordinated revival of Enoch Powell's idea of the aggressive outsider out to dominate the rest; only now race and immigration are being played out on the terrain of culture and religion
Right-wing populist parties tend to be anti-multinational and anti-intellectual: they endorse nationalistic, nativist, and chauvinistic beliefs, embedded - explicitly or coded - in common sense appeals to a presupposed shared knowledge of ‘the people’.
The emergence of a fresh current on Europe's political right, typified by figures such as Geert Wilders, is being widely discussed. But historically informed scrutiny suggests a different view, says Cas Mudde.