Book review

The people’s verdict – adding informed citizen voices to public decision-making by Claudia Chwalisz

Reviewed by Sophie Pornschlegl17 October 2017 | Sophie Pornschlegl
Foto: Rowman & Littlefield International

With case studies from Australia and Canada and a short comparative analysis of deliberative formats in the UK, this short book does not provide an in-depth analysis of deliberative formats; Rather, it is an attempt to show skeptical decision-makers that, given the right framework, people can be good, legitimate and efficient decision-makers. (more…)

Greece Sustainable Growth Analysis Opinions

Greek islands going green

Greek islands going renewable and intelligent: a driver for the energy transition in the EU?2 October 2017 | Vasiliki Kyriakou
"Power transmission lines" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Oran Viriyincy

Greek non-interconnected islands are small isolated systems bearing the great potential to become autonomous in terms of energy, using renewable and intelligent systems. Is there a potential for small islands to drive Europe’s transition into a sustainable, low-carbon and inclusive economy? What role can Greek islands play in this process?

Populism

Populism is not the problem

Why we should focus on values in political debate instead of style25 July 2017 | Hanno Burmester
"AfD Wahlkampfauftakt" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by strassenstriche.net

Populism is everywhere these days. Not only as a phenomenon but also as a topic in political discourse. Yet, the closer you look at it, the more you will realize that populism is quite a messy term. It signifies everything from an unease towards dissent, to the fear of a weakened democracy. More importantly, once you get a grip on how you define the term you will realize that populism may be destructive and inflammatory but is not the real problem. It is mostly a symptom for fundamental conflicts in society.

Social Cohesion Opinion

Tackling the exclusion of minorities in Europe

Mentoring: towards a culture of inclusion in Europe24 July 2017 | Hanaé Allali
"Mustang Mentoring 2011" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by bujiie

In Europe we know that Portugal, France and Italy are the most unequal countries according to OECD household incomes.
 In addition to income inequality, inequality of opportunities may result from different types of discrimination, including discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, or religion. Widespread inequalities lead to the exclusion of minorities. Despite the fact that ethnic, cultural and religious diversity is a central feature and value of the European Union minority exclusion still persists in the EU.

Smart thinking is needed to control immigration

Might it be possible for the government to copy Switzerland and focus on internal controls?23 March 2017
Photo: David McKelvey (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Internal controls are a smarter modern way of controlling immigration and should be examined carefully before a unilateral Home Office decision – almost certainly unworkable – turns Article 50 into a train crash.

Populism in Eastern Europe

An analysis of Elena Marcela Coman21 January 2017
"Jobbik flags" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Leigh Phillips

Thwarting the Political Cleavages of Western Europe – What We Can Learn from Populists. Elena Marcela Coman outlines the historic trajectory and specific traits of populist movements in Eastern Europe.

Populism Analysis

Populism: Not Left, not Right, not an Alternative?

A symptom of a failing political culture15 November 2016 | Sophie Pornschlegel
"left/right" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by na.harii 

For a few years now, Western liberal democracies have seen the rise in populist parties on the far left and on the far right of the political spectrum, while mainstream parties do not seem to convince dissatisfied voters any more. Is populism an alternative to traditional left and right wing political parties, as most of them pretend to be?

Populism Opinion

Feeling the Bern or Making America Great Again: What we can learn from populists in the 2017 US elections

Populist measures not only as a threat, but also as a potential for democracy within campaigning4 November 2016 | Sophie Pornschlegel, Hanno Burmester
"Bernie Sanders for President" (CC BY 2.0) by Phil Roeder, "Donald Trump as he exits the stage after" (CC BY 2.0) by markn3tel , / Desaturated from original

Politics need emotions. Campaigns need charismatic leaders representing hope. They need to come up with viable alternatives to the status quo. Democratic politicians cannot stay on the safe side. They need to get out there, explain their approaches, and to find new ways of talking to the voters. They need to have the courage to oppose those Trumps out there.

Populism Opinion

We can learn from Populists

Dealing with a challenging phenomenon19 October 2016 | Hanno Burmester
© Katja-Julia Fischer

Hanno Burmester, DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Co-Facilitator and Das Progressive Zentrum Policy Fellow argues within the debate magazine Tagesspiegel Causa that established parties should learn from populist parties’ successes.

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Opinions Populism

We need a European dialogue on Europe

European crises require more than national responses10 May 2016 | Filipe S. Henriques
"Youth on the Move - Citizens’ Dialogue" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by EU Social

Europe needs to have a European dialogue rather than national responses if it wants to prove successful in solving European crises.