Just what makes a “good European”?

Michal Bobek (Oxford): Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Values in the Old and the New Europe. Katherine Sorrels (Cincinnati): Pan-Europe’s Cosmopolitan Outsiders. Just what makes a “good European”? Emily Levine on Nietzsche, Merkel, and the long, strange history of an elusive idea (Hint: They don’t listen to Wagner). “The European Union has a deficit of populism”: Giorgos Katsambekis interviews Simon Critchley. The dangerous game of the Orbanversteher: Thorsten Benner on whitewashing the challenges posed by Viktor Orban’s authoritarian populism. Luca Siliquini-Cinelli (Deakin) and Beatrice Schutte (Aarhus): Conceptualizing the Schmittian “Exception” in the European Union: From the “Opt-Out” Procedure(s) to Indirect Forms of Secessionism.

Antonio Parravano (Los Anders) and Jose Noguera, Paula Hermida, and Jordi Tena-Sanchez (UAB): Field Evidence of Social Influence in the Expression of Political Preferences: The Case of Secessionist Flags in Barcelona. Alvaro Sevilla-Buitrago (UPM): Outraged Spatialities: The Production of Public Space in the #Spanishrevolution. A new era in the regime’s crisis: Josep Maria Antentas on the 24M Elections in Spain. Thomas Secher (Stockholm): For I Was Blind, but Now I See: A Phenomenological Study of the Political Awakening and Engagement in Populist Party Podemos. From NLR, Pablo Iglesias on understanding Podemos; and an interview on “Spain on edge”. Fernando Casal Bertoa on how reform parties have broken the old two-party cartel. Podemos’s prospects: Sebastiaan Faber and Becquer Seguin on how Spain’s newest Left party is building on local victories.

Marco Damiani (Perugia) and Lorenzo Viviani (Pisa): The New Left in the European Democracies: The Case of the German Radical Left. Simon Kuper on why we need German thinking: Because Germans are seldom heard outside Germany, the German take on events often gets simplified and parodied. Is there an opposite term for schadenfreude? On “gluckschmerz” as the word for taking pain in another’s pleasure. There must be a German word for that: Edan Lepucki on language for writers and readers. The case for Germany’s side in the Greek crisis: Max Ehrenfreund on why Germany’s defenders say you shouldn’t blame it for ruining Greece.

The Old Continent creaks: Arthur Goldhammer on how austerity and the failures of the technocratic elite have created the current populist backlash. Class war comes to Iceland: Iceland’s banks are recovering, but the middle class is angry and demanding change, with thousands on strike. George Osborne’s plan to enshrine permanent budget surpluses in law is a political gimmick that ignores “basic economics”, a group of academic economists has warned. James Surowiecki on why Europe needs to offer Greece debt relief.

Roxana Barbulescu (Coleurop): Inside Fortress Europe: The Europeanisation of Immigrant Integration and its Impact on Identity Boundaries. Timothy J Hatton on the Mediterranean boat people: What can be done? Kofi Annan on migration realism. Closing Europe’s harbors: David Frum on the urgent case for stopping the flow of illegal migrants across the Mediterranean. Lauren Wolfe on why the people crossing the Mediterranean aren’t “migrants”. Kenneth Rogoff on inequality, immigration, and hypocrisy. Where is the moral justification for some of the world’s richest nations employing their naval and technological might in a manner that leads to the death of men, women and children from some of the world’s poorest and most war torn regions? EU ministers can't agree on relocating 40,000 refugees.

The first chapter from Why Did Europe Conquer the World? by Philip T. Hoffman. Has the EU followed a path first blazed by Napoleon? David A. Bell reviews Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts; In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793–1815 by Jenny Uglow; and Bonaparte 1769–1802 by Patrice Gueniffey. Patrick Pasture reviews Formations of European Modernity: A Historical and Political Sociology of Europe by Gerard Delanty. The introduction to Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century by Konrad H. Jarausch. The first chapter from About Europe: Philosophical Hypotheses by Denis Guenoun.