Germany’s Bold Experiment
The more a country tries to define its identity solely through culture, the more it turns in on itself. “The question is not who we are, but who we can become,” the late British social theorist Stuart Hall said. Germany is poised uneasily in that polarity.
December 12, 2019
Europe’s Contested Ideas of National Identity
Although I was born in England, my father was a Polish citizen at the time, which made me a Polish citizen, too. With that citizenship came the right to vote: the capacity to act as a citizen, not just to be one. Brexit had brought the importance of that realization home to me.
November 12, 2019
How Brexit Put a United Ireland Back on the Map
Despite the great strides the North has made toward an embedded peace, people from nationalist and unionist communities live largely parallel lives, following their own sports, religion, and politics. Brexit is exacerbating these tensions.
October 22, 2019
An Interview with Guy Verhofstadt
Michał Matlak: Do you have your preferred option for settling Brexit? Guy Verhofstadt: My preferred option is clearly No Brexit. Brexit is a bad development for the European Union, and it will be a catastrophe for the UK, especially in the case of a no-deal Brexit.
October 16, 2019