The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union thanks all young bloggers who participated in the 2016 version of the blog ‘Young Voices of Europe’. The blog ‘Young Voices of Europe’ has (temporarily) ceased its activities.
After 2016, We Need to Start Talking to Each Other Again
There is a fallacy – one that seems to afflict liberals disproportionately – that all major political disagreements can ultimately be reduced to misunderstandings. Communication is the bedrock of human society, and the better we can communicate with one another the greater chance there is that such misunderstandings can be overcome. While it is tempting […]
In Times of Fear
Donald Trump’s election as the new president of the United States of America sent shockwaves through the whole world. Some called it the US’ Brexit… to the power of ten. Again, the (lower) middle class has given the political and financial elites the finger . This protest vote exemplifies just how deep the divide in […]
How Populists Put Climate Protection at Risk
While the UN climate change conference in Marrakesh just closed its doors, US president-elect Donald Trump is about to open the doors to his new work place – the Oval Office – in January. This is certainly bad news for those that fought hard to achieve the landmark that is the Paris Agreement, adopted last […]
Now, with Trump in the White House, We Need a European Army
Much has been written about the new president-elect of the United States, and much about his total lack of experience in public office. Less remarked upon, however, is that Donald Trump has also never served in the armed forces, something regarded in times past as an alternative accolade of respectability for presidential candidates. Most famously, […]
What Happens Now Trump Has Won?
The result of the US presidential election has left me, like many others in shock. Although election results can sometimes come as a surprise, I was, again like many others, firmly convinced Hillary Clinton would win. As the news sent shock waves throughout the world, political leaders reluctantly started to change their statements, many of […]
Chances for Wilders Getting Slimmer Ahead of Dutch Election
2017 will be the year of important elections in Europe. In France, Marine Le Pen has a chance to win the presidential elections and Germany will have to come to grips with the rise of the Alternative für Deutschland, a right-wing populist party which arrived on the political scene only three years ago and fed […]
Brexit and the Mainstreaming of the Far-Right in Britain
The Brexit vote reflects a triumph for nativist political ideas that have long been espoused by radicals and extremists. Yet it would be unfair and indeed, completely absurd to argue that the 52% of Leave voters are extremists or even radicals. The vote to leave the EU has provided succour to right-wing populists across the […]