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Slowly but steadily, European politics is Europeanizing. While the last round of European elections seemed addled by disputes over the size of bananas and the color of passports, as the philosopher Luuk Van Middelaar put it, this campaign’s themes looked essentially transnational: immigration, climate justice, sovereignty, European security. Some have even proclaimed the final advent of the “public sphere” Europeanists longed for all along. Although it has grown in and through crises, some kind of sphere is definitely growing.
Appearances can be deceptive, however. In many European countries, the elections remain plebiscites on domestic issues: Macron in France, Merkel in Germany, corruptions scandals in Romania. There is also aRead More »