August 9, 2013

Pragmatism, Idealism and European Demoicracy (Kalypso Nicolaïdis)

Network member Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Oxford), who just completed a year at NYU as a Joint Straus / Senior Emile Noël Fellow, has posted a comment on Social Europe Journal entitled "Pragmatism, Idealism, and European Demoicracy."  A taste is below and you can read the remainder at SEJ.

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Europe has never been so crowded with Cassandras than in the last three years since the Eurocrisis began – pundits and politicians predicting that the Euro or even the European Union would collapse if we did not at last achieve ‘unity’ while claiming that they themselves were cursed with public disbelief in their predictions – predictions echoed on the other side of the ideological divide by those heralding the end of national democracy as we know it unless we got rid of the Euro.

Yet, neither the EU nor the Eurozone have disintegrated. Instead the muddlers through have, well, muddled through, causing much damage to Europe’s social fabric in the process, but nevertheless keeping the show on the road. [Continue reading at Social Europe Journal]

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