Europe is facing a demographic crisis, resulting in suffocating labour shortages, and yet incoming migration is more and more rejected in mainstream politics. Can the EU come to terms with this great contradiction without an implosion?
In this new episode of Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast, editor-in-chief Réka Kinga Papp asks Ranabir Samaddar about migration and labour policies, European hypocrisy and the crisis of withdrawal in Afghanistan.
Published 6 January 2022
Original in English
First published by Eurozine
Contributed by Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) © Ranabir Samaddar / Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) / EurozinePDF/PRINT
The Russian invasion of Ukraine shows just how misguided German Ostpolitik has been over the last two decades. Even after 2014, when it was clear that economic rapprochement had brought no normative changes to Russian policy, Germany went ahead with Nord Stream 2.
It was only after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 that NATO broke off cooperation with Russia. Until then, Ukrainians themselves were largely against NATO membership. To frame NATO as a security threat to Russia caters to Kremlin propaganda.