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Bruno Waterfield

Democracy under siege
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What is the biggest threat to democracy: the rising tide of populism or the creeping onset of technocracy? This Battle of Ideas debate looks at deteriorating faith in democracy and the threat from both authoritarian and bureaucratic challenges, asking how we can revitalise Western democracy.
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Is solidarity in Europe fading?
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The nationalist right is on the up and negative headlines make the running, and yet, polls show that support for the EU is recovering and spontaneous displays of consensus in matters such as the Charlie Hebdo assassinations bear witness to our continued ability to empathise and to work together. How then to reconcile these seeming contradictions, is solidarity fading or are we merely witnessing a series of fraternal disputes?
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Europe’s new far right: fear or fantasy?
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The National Front are resurgent in France, the English Defence League an emerging threat in the UK and Golden Dawn a rising force in Greece. How much of a threat are these groups in reality, is the so called "new European far-right" a serious concern or simply a serious exaggeration?
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European Spring?
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Is European politics starting to witness new forms of participation which could lead to a European equivalent of the recent Arab Spring or are we just seeing a rise in the superficial politics of populism? What is the reality of European politics today and how can we expect it to look in the future?
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Is Europe…boring?
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Europe is safe and still relatively prosperous, the largest economic unit in the world. One can travel throughout most of the continent untroubled, tourism is booming and the thought of conflict risible, however, is something missing, is Europe...boring?
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