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Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:53

Good Reads 14/01/2012

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Each week, two E&M editors share their favourite European reads. From blog posts to essays, it can be anything that amused them, worried them or got them thinking about Europe. 

Rike, Sixth Sense Editor:

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•   Every now and then it can be inspiring to get an outside perspective on our many European issues. This week, I stumbled across the essay "European Identities" by the political scientist Francis Fukuyama, which provides us with quite an American view. We strive to feel European, but have we failed? According to Fukuyama, we can best observe just how different our national identities are by analysing different European countries’ ways of dealing with immigrants. What does make a person French, German, Dutch or British? Fukuyama lays out national peculiarities from a French "set of core political values" to the British tendency not to address "the question of national identity at all." As for me, I still believe there is room for an identity in a broader European context. 


•    Is internet censorship an exclusively non-European problem? La Quadrature du Net don’t think so, and keep you updated with an activist perspective on EU internet and fundamental rights developments. From internet censorship to data protection - I can be a real nerd when it comes to these topics that change fast and affect all of us internet addicts. If you’re curious like me about what "privatised censorship" is or if you need to know your rights because your content was just taken down, check out La Quadrature’s latest post on "Notice & Action: EU Commission Must Put Freedom of Expression First".


•    Not from this week, but a topic that has been on my mind for quite a while now: British-German relationships and the EU. In the days after Cameron blocked an EU treaty change, the papers were full of strong opinions on the matter. And I couldn’t help but wonder whether German and British ways of dealing with the EU are somewhat similar - despite the very different outcomes of their actions. Have Britain and Germany started to take from one another’s toolboxes when it comes to their EU repertoire? Roderick Parkes explains why, in his hilarious analysis "Trading Places."

Last modified on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 07:49
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