Michal Matlak is a PhD student in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and a regular contributor to the Polish magazine Liberal Culture.


The Case for Europe: An Interview with Donald Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk leaves the Elysee Palace following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris, France, November 23, 2015

Donald Tusk: I have absolutely no cause for complaint, because there’s nothing worse in politics than boredom. What’s exciting in politics is power, of course, and the real power is at the level of national governments. But politics is also fascinating when it makes it possible to resolve critical situations, to negotiate, to bring others round to your way of thinking—I have more than enough of that in Brussels.

Europe for the Right Reasons: A Conversation with Stanley Hoffmann

Stanley Hoffmann speaking on European-American Relations in 1984

It requires a certain amount of chutzpah for somebody like Obama to be president because he knows there are a number of people who will never forgive him for being half-black. And for the time being America is ungovernable. The Constitution—and all the additions that have been grafted on it—make effective government almost impossible.