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By Joschka Fischer - Nov 06,2016
In his final address to the European Parliament in 1995, then-French president François Mitterrand, whose failing health was evident to all, found the following indelible words to characterise Europe’s great scourge: “Le nationalisme, c’est la guerre!”Nationalism and war were the
By Joschka Fischer - Oct 04,2016
This year and next, voters in leading Western democracies will make decisions that could fundamentally change the West — and the world — as we have known it for decades.In fact, some of these decisions have already been made, the main example being the United Kingdom’s vote in Ju
By Joschka Fischer - Sep 03,2016
Most of Europe’s history has been marked by conflict. American historian Robert Kagan wrote in 2003 that “Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus”; but Europe was for centuries home to the Roman god of war, not the goddess of love.Venus found a home in Europe on
By Joschka Fischer - Jul 11,2016
The decision by the United Kingdom’s voters to “Brexit” the European Union is not an example of the British black humour that I love.
By Joschka Fischer - May 04,2016
Since 2009, when the financial crisis that started in America in 2008 shook the eurozone to its core, crisis management has become Europe’s new normal.Indeed, crisis has followed crisis in Europe and this is unlikely to change anytime soon.Europe has had a financial crisis, a Gre
By Joschka Fischer - Apr 06,2016
Relations between Europe and Turkey have long been characterised by a deep contradiction.Whereas security cooperation (especially during the Cold War) and economic ties have been strong, the vital foundations of democracy — human rights, press freedom, minority rights  and a
By Joschka Fischer - Apr 05,2016
At stake in the United Kingdom’s upcoming referendum on whether to remain a member of the European Union is the nature of the EU itself.The UK wants a different kind of Europe than the one that the EU currently represents.
By Joschka Fischer - Jan 31,2016
There is an alarming political shift to the right occurring on both sides of the Atlantic, linked to the growing force of openly chauvinist political parties and figures: Donald Trump in the United States, Marine Le Pen in France.Other names could be added to the list: Hungary’s
By Joschka Fischer - Dec 13,2015
For four years, a bloody war has raged in Syria.What began as a democratic uprising against Bashar Assad’s dictatorship has developed into a cat’s cradle of conflicts, partly reflecting a brutal proxy struggle among Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia for regional domination.This strug
By Joschka Fischer - Nov 07,2015
With Russia’s military invasion and annexation of Crimea, and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of respecting the inviolability of borders and the primacy of international legal norms.It is time f

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