Why the EU doesn’t come up with a clear response to authoritarian moves

The EU is defined, in its statutes, as a union of shared values, respecting democracy, freedom of the speech and the rule of law.

Yet, there are EU member countries such as Poland or Hungary that are increasingly undertaking reforms going against these principles –  since 2014, major media and legal reforms have taken place.

The European Union seems to be afraid of sanctioning these countries beyond formal warnings – or at least, is very slow to do so. From the outside, it seems the EU doesn’t come up with a clear response. Here’s an insider’s view on where this impression comes from and what the EU is actually doing to sanction these countries.

 

How four young Hungarians and Poles would improve the European Union

In October, I had the chance to talk to four young Hungarians and Poles about euroscepticism in their countries. They were attending an event gathering independent journalists from Eastern Europe in Berlin.

Here’s their response to the current European crisis.

Special thanks to László Ágoston, Kaja Puto, Przemyslaw Witkowski and Judith Langowksi!

 

 

Why we need Europe – and what needs to change – #2, Max, 23, Munich!

+++ Click on “subtitles” (CC) to watch the video in English!+++

On a visit to Munich I had the chance to talk to a young law student, Max, 23, from Aschaffenburg.

This was September 14th, the day of the State of the European Union-Speech (SOTEU). I had watched Juncker delivering it a couple of hours before, and decided to draw on some of his remarks for my interview.

This is what Max thinks about the European Union:

I) Three reasons why the EU matters to him

II) Three reasons why the EU needs more transparency

 

 

On populism and the role of politicians – #1 – Alina, 23, Freiburg!

Exciting news!

This is the first interview to be uploaded on this v-log, starring Alina, 23, from Freiburg in Germany.

You can watch it with subtitles in English if you click on “subtitles” (CC)!

I met Alina at my former German-French Highschool, where she attended the same class as my brother Max.

Alina has completed a double-degree in Political Sciences at University of Freiburg/ Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence and is about to move to Dresden to study International Relations for her Master’s.

We talked about European solidarity and populism – two mutually threatening phenomena, since populism often builds on nationalistic views, and European solidarity builds on concern for others.

Alina’s thoughts reflect the difficulty of identifying what is going wrong, what makes populists so strong. But it also delivers some suggestions: enjoy the video!