Recent change of government in Poland mobilised many people, the spectrum of civil engagement is however polarised: from defenders of liberal values and adherents of conservative agenda to followers of nationalist resentments.
In summarizing the results of last year’s parliamentary elections in Poland I briefly mentioned that “the rule of Catholic conservatives might stand in opposition to respecting the rights of women “. It took less than a year for this prophecy to come true. Thousands of women in Poland are joining Black Protests to demonstrate against the newest radical anti-abortion law proposal.
Right wing parties offer solid ground in the vertigo of change. If the Left fails to define identity in progressive terms, the Right will do it in nativist terms, and that will be the end of Europe.
How can a successful party of the future look like? Guillaume Liegey presents his ideas, that are workable within the existing party infrastructure and can provide a powerful source for inspiration for existing and future members as well as they can all be implemented in a reasonable amount of time.
In the context of the current refugee crisis the relationship between the Eastern and Western EU member states has become strained. In her contribution, Maria Skóra analyzes Central and Eastern European reactions to the refugee crisis. As conservative nationalism spiced with right-wing populism is on the rise in Central-Eastern Europe, the prospects for coordinated European immigration policies look very grim, indeed.
Die direkte Beteiligung von Parteimitgliedern ist derzeit nicht nur rhetorisch en vogue: Viele Parteien haben in den letzten Dekaden ihre Beteiligungsarchitekturen ausgebaut und versprechen die weitere Stärkung des „Mitmach“-Gedankens. Dabei wurden in der Debatte bisher jedoch einige Aspekte nur unzureichend adressiert. In diesem Papier geben wir Antworten auf die Frage, was die Herausforderungen und die Maßstäbe für gute Mitgliederbeteiligung sind. Unser Fazit: Die deutschen Parteien sollten die Möglichkeiten für innerparteiliche Beteiligung weiter ausbauen ohne dabei wesentliche Qualitätsmaßstäbe aus dem Blick zu verlieren, wie wir sie im Folgenden systematisch skizzieren.
Weitere Informationen zu dem Projekt “Legitimation und Selbstwirksamkeit: Zukunftsimpulse für die Parteiendemokratie” sind auf www.parteireform.org zu finden.
Despite suspicion, the nudge theory may have a place in the process of party reform
Coal is Poland’s „black gold,” this is a common belief in the country. From the Polish perspective, coal as a source of energy has two major advantages: it is cheap and it is located within country borders, which crucially connects to national security. After all, coal seemed to be gold in the past, but there is reasonable doubt about its status in the future. Can green energy become the new Polish „green gold”?
The relationship between Greece and Germany has often been described as a game of chicken. Two teenagers in a car are heading towards each other. In a head on confrontation, the first to swerve would lose. If neither of them swerves, they both die. The only way to win is to tie yourself to an immovable position. That is why the newly elected Syriza government hammers on about its political mandate, on which it has to deliver.
Poland appears to be a model pupil for CEE countries when it comes to going through the worldwide economic crisis. But one should interpret the overall admiration with caution, because a deeper look into the statistics reveals that the social situation in the country is not always as comfortable as the economic development might indicate. Especially the social dialogue is under pressure and faces several threats, also by the Polish government.
Policy Fellow Hanno Burmester provided an analysis for the Czech online magazine Česká pozice. Pointing out the difficulties German parties face by growing distrust in old-fashioned party politics, a polarization of the public debate on immigration and asylum and the rise of various forms of (right wing) populism – as currently visible with the anti-Islam demonstrations of ‘Pegida’ across Germany – he concludes:
The support for democracy is never a given. It has to be established continually – in every country.
Buzz word “euroscepticism” – what does it actually mean in the different national contexts and how is it linked to the management of the economic crisis? Jozsef Peter Martin takes a look at these complex issues and how Europe can be promoted in our current difficult times.
Can the EU become a superpower without a vision for the future? Peter Weisenbacher argues that global Human Rights provide the answer.
Solidarity is not charity. Solidarity is help offered to an equal with the expectation of reciprocity. – In the aftermath of the European elections, EU Commissioner László Andor outlined future steps of integration that will give the EU more capacity to prevent economic recessions.
Before debating technical solutions to the current economic and monetary crisis of the European Union, taking a look at the psychology of the underlying narratives shows us that having the right solutions might not suffice to tackle this crisis.
Central and Eastern European Countries are the first ones to lose out from a low ambition energy efficiency proposal. The European Commission’s proposal for an energy efficiency target for 2030 do not only fail to use the current momentum as a motor for change. They risk perpetuating Europe’s energy dependency well beyond the year 2030.
Ein gelungener Konzeptband geht der wichtigen Frage nach, an welchen Maßstäben sich Politik heute messen lassen muss.
Nils Minkmar hat Peer Steinbrück ein Jahr lang begleitet und darüber ein Buch geschrieben – einen scharfsinnigen und humorvollen Reisebericht durch die eigentümliche Welt von Politikern und Journalisten, Parteitagen und Wahlkampfritualen.
Nils Minkmar verbringt den Wahlkampf mit Peer Steinbrück. Am Ende verliert er nicht nur die Distanz, sondern verpasst das Thema.
In their latest publication for our partner thinktank Policy Network, deputy chairman and co-founder of the Progressive Zentrum Olaf Cramme along with Arian Meyer & Jo Ritzen describe how the elections to the European Parliament can stop Eurosion.