Can Europe make it? Never forget politics

Tomas Jungwirth webBy Tomáš Jungwirth
Policy Officer at the Prague-based Consortium of Migrants Assisting NGOs; Alumnus of Visegrad School of Political Studies (2016)
25 October 2017

Civil society must keep the dialogue over migration open, to retain relevance and to survive.

The so-called European migration crisis and the populist political backlash that ensued – even if undoubtedly driven also by a number of other factors – have created all sorts of challenges for civil society actors. How to respond effectively to the increasingly hostile societal environment?

 

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Protecting the future from the present: Migration as a manifestation of Lex Divina


gulina smallBy Olga R. Gulina
CEO and founder of the RUSMPI Institute on Migration Policy; Alumna of Moscow School of Political Studies
23 August 2017

Nowadays some people talk about migration with fervor and compassion, others – with cold calculation and fear. Like any social phenomenon, migration is a subject that can and must cause different people to hold different views. How do you look at the new migration challenge – globally or locally? As a citizen of the world or a particular country?

 

 

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Where do democracy and human rights stand in today's Europe?

By Catherine Lalumière
President of the Association of the Schools of Political Studies
20 June 2014, Speech given at the First International Alumni Seminar of the Schools of Political Studies, Strasbourg

Translated from the French by Alexandra Jaraba

I) Where do democracy and human rights stand in today's Europe?

This question is worth asking in these terms because today, Europe, Greater Europe is going through a period of doubt and questioning, and Europeans, from both West and East are clearly troubled.

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Democracy through the looking-glass

By Jack Hanning
Secretary General of the European Association of Schools of Political Studies
November 2014

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

When the Berlin Wall came down, 25 years ago, the fall of communism and the toppling of dictatorships sparked continent-wide euphoria. Peace, stability and democracy became by-words for a prosperous and bright European future. But the dream of a continent-wide democratic “wonderland” was short-lived as economic hardship, coupled with political uncertainties and military conflicts gradually engendered a sense of drift and gloom.

 

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Prisoners of Criteria

Ilgar Mammadov - Prisoners of CriteriaBy Ilgar Mammadov
Director of the Baku School of Politics
29 January 2014

I must respond to the remarks made twice in the past seven months in Brussels by Azerbaijan’s absolutist ruler Ilham Aliyev about my situation as a prisoner.

Mr Aliyev was right in justifying his repressive acts by what he called a “fiasco” of his opponents at the 23 January PACE voting. I shall add: a well-predicted fiasco.

Many years ago Baku skillfully transformed the debate about political prisoners into a bureaucratic, that is non-political, discussion about technical criteria for the definition/ Moreover, the discussion it self went in the wrong direction of assessing a prisoner’s situation vis-à-vis law and other individuals, instead of focusing on the big political picture of justice.

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One Europe is in Danger

By Mikhail Minakov
President of the Foundation for Good Politics, Kyiv; Alumnus of the Ukrainian (2006) and Moscow (2010)
Schools of Politics
January 2014

 The idea of One Europe is under threat once again. Today, the risk comes from consolidating post-Soviet authoritarianisms and their emerging friendship with ultra-conservative parties in EU member states.

Post-Soviet fragmented societies and self-defeating oligarchies have provided an accommodating environment for the development of corporate states with authoritarian rulers. Resources of the East are uniting to create an ultraconservative alternative to the modern and rights based Europe. This trend is a menace to the entire European space: both to the new nations of Eastern Europe as well as to the values of the longer established democracies.

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Civic education in Russia always was and still remains a risky business

By Lena Nemirovskaya
School of Civic Education
25 April 2013

Translated from the Russian by Judy Coffin

Life often turns out unexpectedly: our dreams are left unfulfilled, our ideals unrealised. But in our seemingly hopeless striving to influence reality, somehow we uncover a more humane self, and the question “what can be done or not done?” is no longer relevant.

 

 

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