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Wake up! After these elections, Europe is again in danger

It’s always weird to watch European elections from the sidelines, with my sidelines being located at the very heart of Europe. This time, it’s been disheartening to watch Europe drift further right, with the extreme right winning big in all neighbouring countries of Switzerland. «A Europe that just celebrated on the beaches of Normandy the beginning of its liberation from war, nationalism and fascism now again faces fascism, nationalism and war.»

From Weekly Filet #493, in June 2024.

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      How to Walk and Talk

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        From Weekly Filet #492, in June 2024.

          What these elections are really about

          Some good food for thought while we are waiting for the results of the European elections. «We know the far-right’s vision for Europe. But Europeans deserve more than that. We’re facing enormous challenges that only a united Europe can answer. […] We need to get excited about what Europe could be – and work toward it. […] American historian Timothy Snyder described Europe as a source of hope for anyone on the outside. It’s time we own up to that role.»

          From Weekly Filet #492, in June 2024.