Quarantine withdrawal syndrome – VoxEurop (English)

In the Spring of 2020, when I had my first (and I hope only) experience of a global quarantine, I suddenly discovered that two very different – if not opposed – people live within me. The first, who has now withdrawn into the shadows, met this pandemic and its shutting up of everyone and everything…

For a European cultural renaissance – VoxEurop (English)

Culture and the media should take centre-stage in post-Corona Europe, as structural preconditions of our social recovery, and key sectors for European autonomy, say Cinthya Fleury and essayist Guillaume Klossa. To lighten the mood during confinement, we Europeans have consumed an untold amount of films, TV series, novels and essays, which would otherwise have languished…

The coronavirus crisis opens a new fracture in Europe – VoxEurop (English)

How has the mobility of Europeans evolved with the different measures and degrees of containment to slow the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic? Follow the changes thanks to the application developed by our partners from Civio. By 15 March, half of the people who regularly walk along the streets of European capitals had vanished. Europe…

Easter greetings from Holland – VoxEurop (English)

After two days of online intense negotiations and sometimes heated discussions, the finance ministers of the EU-27 agreed on 9 April to a €540 billion aid package to address the economic impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic in Europe. The main sticking point was the hostility of some northern countries, led by Dutch Finance Minister…

The nation-state strikes back – VoxEurop (English)

While initial responses to the coronavirus crisis have favoured national sovereignty and public authority, effective solutions will only emerge from a complex network of multi-level governance. From Madrid to Paris, Berlin to Warsaw, the nation-state seems to be experiencing a striking renaissance. Borders are back, and with them national selfishness. Each national government is focusing…

Bracing for the pandemic – VoxEurop (English)

As the COVID-19 gets a foothold in Europe, health services are being put through their paces. Are they up to the job dealing with the unpredictable enemy? As social media posts circulate about empty supermarket shelves and hand washing strategies, politicians around Europe are trying to tread a fine line between averting panic, while also…

There is no dodging the demographic crisis – VoxEurop (English)

In parts of Europe, emigration poses a much bigger challenge than immigration. A few decades from now, writes Slavenka Drakulić, Croatia will be a country of old people with nobody left to take care of them. And instead of real solutions, politicians offer nothing but empty promises and patriotic slogans. Back in December, many were…

In search for purpose – VoxEurop (English)

On January French President announced a new Coalition for the Sahel, to tackle with the security and development challenges in the region. But public debate in some countries about why so many organisations and countries are engaging in the region and what they hope to achieve has been lacking. On January 13th in Pau, French…

European conservatives mourn their intellectual hero – VoxEurop (English)

As conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic mourn the passing of Roger Scruton, political scientist Cas Mudde argues that the British philosopher’s relevance to “national conservatism” has long since expired. On 12 January, “the patron saint of common sense” died. If you’re not conversant with conservative media, you might have missed the passing of…

Tomorrow’s world – VoxEurop (English)

In many respects, in Europe and across the world, 2020 has gotten off to a bad start — just as 2019 proved a bad ending to a decade which will be noted for its environmental catastrophes. The ice is melting at accelerated speed, flood and drought are hitting harder than ever, December’s COP25 in Madrid…