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Cover for: Bracing for a populist surge

Bracing for a populist surge

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Discontent with ruling parties pervades the Baltic States, bolstering the chances of rightwing populists across the region in the European Parliament elections. Yet the security concerns caused by the ongoing threat from Russia hold Euroscepticsm within bounds.

Cover for: Prefiguring Europe’s future

Prefiguring Europe’s future

Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia

Since the war in Ukraine, the Visegrád Four group no longer articulates a common voice in the EU. Even the illiberal alliance between Hungary and Poland has come to an end. Yet in various ways, the region still demonstrates to Europe the consequences of the loss of the political centre.

Cover for: Cooperation or neocolonialism?

From migration to trade and energy, the EU’s partnerships with Mediterranean non-EU countries are influenced by a neocolonial mindset. The bloc must shift from its current tactics of exclusion and resource extraction towards genuine cooperation that respects the sovereignty and aspirations of these crisis-struck nations.

Cover for: Can the centre hold?

Can the centre hold?

Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg

In the run up to the European Parliament election, popular discontent pervades the bloc’s core. Despite robust opposition, the far right is the only force gaining strength. More than ever, the EU’s global ambitions depend on public approval for national governments.

bee cow by Sarah Waring

Contrary to popular belief, not all bees make honey. In fact, less than 4% of the total population of 20,000 species around the world do. As we rush to #SaveTheBees, many don’t know how, or which ones face the real threat of extinction.

Cover for: Palestine and the subversion of international law

For Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, freedom of movement is non-existent. But to flee and thus to lose one’s right of return places Palestinians in a situation that is even worse. How international law underpins Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing.

Cover for: A changing world

A changing world

EU, USA, China

From COVID-19 to economic tensions and full-scale war in Ukraine, the relationship between the EU, the US and China has undergone seismic shifts since the last European Parliamentary elections in 2019. This year’s elections on both sides of the Atlantic are likely to alter these dynamics, changing the geopolitical landscape again.

Cover for: Europe turns east

Europe turns east

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine has put eastern Europe firmly at the centre of the EU’s foreign policy agenda and given fresh impetus to reforms by candidates for EU membership. But with rightwing movements gaining ground, support for Ukraine and EU enlargement is under threat.

Youth politics episode Standard Time thumbnail

TikTok populism

A Europe Day special

Young voters are getting more engaged in European politics, but this growth starts from a very low point. Radicalization is increasing, and most people connect with politics emotionally and through communities. The EU holds vast power and potential, but how can it engage young people ? Standard Time’s Europe Day episode premiering today at 5 PM CET.

Cover for: Mood of the Union 2024

The European Parliament elections on 9 June are a referendum on EU policy since 2019. Will voters give Europe the green light for further progress, or pull the brakes? A new Eurozine series measures the political atmosphere in the EU and its neighbourhoods at this crucial moment.

Cover for: Western Europe’s far-right moment

Western Europe’s far-right moment

Austria, Ireland, Liechtenstein. Netherlands, Switzerland

Strong far-right gains in three western member states – Austria, the Netherlands and now Ireland – indicate that the EU is on course for a political shift after the European Parliament elections. Euroscepticism also predominates across the conservative spectrum in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Cover for: Double dehumanization

Do the violence and oppression against Palestinians in Gaza and the discrimination and surveillance against migrants trying to cross European borders have more in common than meets the eye? A Belgian activist of the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition speaks out about the Israeli arms industry, institutionalized violence and human rights abuses.

Cover for: Ivanishvili’s third coming

Georgia’s ‘March for Europe’ protests express deep polarization in the country over the current government’s pro-Russian course. The return of Moscow-friendly oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili to official politics signalled the beginning of an election campaign whose outcome will decide Georgia’s democratic future.

Cover for: Getting that bread

The gig economy is undermining labour rights rapidly, but the conventional protections around employment have been eroding for decades. We talk labour migration, the gendered division of unpaid tasks, and the history of the workers’ movement on our latest episode.

Cover for: Restitution of imperial plunder

European museums are full of stolen goods. Impressive exhibitions of prized artefacts behind glass testify to the extent of colonial robbery. They also evidence the spoils of earlier imperialism, often depicting acts of conquest. How can previous empires genuinely atone for their abuses of power and truly recognize compromised biographies?

Cover for: Student anger and the responsibility of universities

Student anger at Israel’s assault on Gaza has been directed at their own universities, whose refusal to condemn the Israeli aggression they see as a moral failure. By closing down protests to ‘protect’ the neutrality of the academic environment, universities only appear confirm this.

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