October 2006 - Issue 394

From Bucharest to Berlin there is an unease spreading across Europe. A feeling is catching hold that things are ‘out of control’. The great hopes for a peaceful and prosperous post-war Europe are in peril. Hostility to things European is everywhere. The European Constitution is down the tubes. People no longer bother to vote in elections for the European Parliament. The EU is held to blame for a wide variety of ills from bureaucratic meddling to a lack of accountability. So who is to blame?
*NI* tackles the big questions facing Europe. Can the EU be democratic? Under what conditions should new members be added? What is good about European society? How can this best be defended? And is Britain really part of Europe or simply a US Trojan horse? We look at a growing resistance, this time not from nationalist Colonel Blimps or mindless xenophobes, but from those convinced that if Europe is to survive it must be based on democracy and social inclusion.

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