Populism is on the rise; democracy is on the retreat - worldwide, including Europe.
According to a Carnegie study, the scale of democracy in Europe has fallen to the level of 1978. Cornerstones of liberal democracy and democratic institutions are being questioned, such as the independence of the judiciary in Poland or the media in Hungary. Populists want to strengthen national frontiers, weaken international organisations, and abolish multilateralism. The objective of the populists: the return to the premodern world.
On the other hand: Young and educated people are experiencing Europe as their natural common living space due to the free movement of people and the common market. The transnational perspective is growing; freedom and democracy are valued. In the past, people focused more on their own respective regions and countries. Today they also aim to understand political, cultural and social developments in other parts of the continent. This is due to the fact that more and more people now live in places where they didn't grow up. Even those people who remain in the region they grew up in, commonly have more frequent contacts with people from abroad - both in their work life and in their private life.
So there are two contrary developments in Europe. In which direction is Europe heading? Can the rise of populism be stopped? How can we strengthen European democracy? What can be done to make Europe flourish? In Good Morning Europe I am looking for answers and new perspectives to these questions in the context of European diversity, cultural differences and economic developments.
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