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Europe’s Everyday Constitutional Crisis

Posted by hkarner - 28. April 2019

Date: 26-04-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Joseph C. Sternberg

The only question at issue in the Continent’s election for parliament is whether the EU is legitimate at all.

Brace yourself: European Parliament elections are less than a month away.

As has become customary, voters will engage in a strange act of self-disenfranchisement as they and their candidates eschew any serious discussions about what the European Parliament should do on any of a wide range of policy questions. As a result, we’ll look in vain for a parliamentary majority, let alone a popular consensus, strong enough to advance one or another approach to the EU’s next budget or its trade policies. European voters will abdicate any judgment on these questions. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Incredibly Stupid

Posted by hkarner - 28. April 2019

Date: 25-04-2019
Source: The Economist
Subject: Foreign languages ought to be an asset for politicians—not a liability

Even if you distrust foreigners, shouldn’t you want to know what they are saying?

It seems hard to imagine, but once a British prime minister could not only aim to put Britain “at the heart of Europe”; he could say so in fluent French to the Assemblée Nationale. Today, even if Theresa May, a successor to the Europhile Tony Blair, could emulate him, the politics of patriotism might require her to hide it. In the nationalistic climate, many people in the Anglophone democracies seem to consider the ability to talk to foreigners in their own languages distasteful, even suspect.

Foreign-language skill has become yet another cultural-political divider: it is associated with despised liberal elites, like a fondness for sushi or a passport full of stamps. And like the general disgust with those elites, this attitude crosses the left-right divide. Pete Buttigieg, the young mayor of a medium-sized city in Indiana, is enjoying a surprise moment in the sun as a presidential candidate—and nearly every profile of him mentions that he speaks seven foreign languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Maltese (his family’s heritage tongue), Norwegian, Arabic (from which Maltese is descended), and Dari, a language of Afghanistan. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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