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    Hungary: democracy crisis, diagnosis and appeal
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    Written by: László Rajk All articles by László Rajk

    The government of Hungary led by Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party is alarming many by its establishment of ever-greater control over the country’s institutions and public life. A group of thirteen Hungarian intellectuals and public figures, who opposed Hungary’s communist regime in the 1970s - among them Gabor Demsky, Miklós Haraszti, György Konrád, and László Rajk - outline their concerns and call on Europe to help halt a slide to a new dictatorship.

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    Europe and democracy-promotion: making good
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    Written by: Jacqueline Hale All articles by Jacqueline Hale

    The Arab uprisings of 2011 are provoking the European Union into a rethink of its approach to encouraging democracy in its neighbourhood. A European Endowment for Democracy with a new kind of mandate could be at the centre, says Jacqueline Hale

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    Europe's problem, Poland's perspective
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    Written by: Krzysztof Bobinski All articles by Krzysztof Bobinski

    The still uncertain outcome of the eurozone crisis makes predictions for 2012 difficult. But its singular impact in the European Union's newer member-states could include a revived appreciation of the benefits of federalism, says Krzysztof Bobinski.

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    2011, lessons of hubris
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    Written by: Kerem Oktem All articles by Kerem Oktem

    The Arab uprisings expose the self-delusion of the powerful - from the region itself to Turkey, Germany and the rest of Europe. This is a moment to register and build on, says Kerem Oktem.

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    2012, democracy's monster
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    Written by: Goran Fejic All articles by Goran Fejic

    The inspiring release of human agency in the Arab world, and its abject surrender in Europe, defines the passing year. Together they present a democratic test on an epic scale, says Goran Fejic.

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    2012, and Europe's high stakes
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    Written by: Andre Wilkens All articles by Andre Wilkens

    A historic year in the Arab world has also been a desperate one for Europe. But the sheer depth of commitment to Europe is a source of hope, says Andre Wilkens.

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    Silvio Berlusconi's legacy
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    Written by: Geoff Andrews All articles by Geoff Andrews

    It is a month since Italy's long-term prime minister resigned. But his pervasive influence on Italy's public life and the infirmity of the country's political class mean that it is too early to call this the post-Berlusconi era, says Geoff Andrews.

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    Europe: from crisis to opportunity
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    Written by: Cas Mudde All articles by Cas Mudde

    The origin of the eurozone crisis lies in the overreach of the Maastricht treaty of 1992. A new process is needed to set the European Union on a new course - but this must have explicit popular consent at its heart, says Cas Mudde.

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    Europe: after the endgame
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    Written by: Nick van Praag All articles by Nick van Praag

    The eurozone crisis reveals the exhaustion of the post-1945 model of Europe-building. This poses a historic challenge to Europe's current leaders, says Nick van Praag.

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    Europe's choice: Monnet vs de Gaulle
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    Written by: Charles Grant All articles by Charles Grant

    The pressure of financial crisis is changing the European Union's internal power-balance. The rival visions of two of its pioneering statesmen are in play, says Charles Grant.

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    Poland's election, European lesson
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    Written by: Krzysztof Bobinski All articles by Krzysztof Bobinski

    Poland's competent centre-right government has earned it a popular vote for stability and continuity. But the sharp rise of a minority party reveals a generation's parallel hunger for change, says Krzysztof Bobinski.

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    Nicolas Sarkozy: on the precipice
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    Written by: Patrice de Beer All articles by Patrice de Beer

    An insipid economy, a tornado of scandal, anaemic support, an alienated core, internecine war on the right, a show of opposition unity - France’s president faces a perfect storm all of his making. But are these really Sarkozy’s last days, asks Patrice de Beer.

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    Poland: 1920 and all that
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    Written by: Adam Szostkiewicz All articles by Adam Szostkiewicz

    Even the most heroic and tragic moments of Poland’s modern history - the battle of Warsaw, the Katyn massacre, the Warsaw uprising - are subject to contentious political debate. A new cinematic epic is no exception, says Adam Szostkiewicz.

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    Bulgaria’s tense week: spark, fire, and solvent
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    Written by: Daniel Smilov All articles by Daniel Smilov

    A local incident turned national conflict mixing anti-Roma sentiment and nationalist mobilisation reveals flaws in Bulgaria’s political order that demand a coherent response, says Daniel Smilov.

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    Europe's eastern question
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    Written by: Krzysztof Bobinski All articles by Krzysztof Bobinski

    Poland is hosting a summit on 29-30 September 2011 that seeks to strengthen the European Union's relationship with its eastern neighbours. The great events in the Arab world reinforce the timeliness of the effort. But the larger uncertainties over the union's future may delay real progress, says Krzysztof Bobinski.

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    Germany: the beleaguered European island
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    Written by: Ulrike Guerot All articles by Ulrike Guerot

    Many outward economic indicators still tell a story of German success. Inside, there are many signs of a troubled country lacking a strategic vision for itself and for Europe. The eurozone financial crisis highlights this vacuum - but the heart of the problem is political, says Ulrike Guérot.

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    Europe: from crisis to integration
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    Written by: John Palmer All articles by John Palmer

    The latest European bailout agreement opens the possibility of a decisive move towards integrated economic governance with major political consequences, says John Palmer.

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    A democracy of journalists
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    Written by: Neal Ascherson All articles by Neal Ascherson

    The stramash over abuse of power and standards at Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp should reinvigorate the idea of journalists’ self-regulation, says Neal Ascherson.

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    Poland’s European infusion
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    Written by: Krzysztof Bobinski All articles by Krzysztof Bobinski

    The six-month Polish presidency of the European Union starts with a welcome dose of optimism from its prime minister. Now for the hard part, says Krzysztof Bobinski.

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    Turkey's democracy, Europe's imperative
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    Written by: Nora Fisher Onar All articles by Nora Fisher Onar

    The result of Turkey's election creates a vital need to put the country's relationship with the European Union at the centre of both partners' concerns. What is at stake is the historic mission of reconciling secularism, democracy and Islam, says Nora Fisher Onar.

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