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National Sovereignty & Transatlantic Relations

Sovereignty—especially American sovereignty—stands in the way of creating a better world.  Sovereignty keeps us from developing adequately the institutions we…

Europe’s Crisis of Hope

Rocco Buttiglione is an Italian philosopher and statesman. A professor at St. Pius V University in Rome, Buttiglione is an…

Europe’s Missing Constitution

Do we really need a European Constitution? On January 1, 2013, the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union—the TSCG or Fiscal Compact, for short—will take effect. It doesn’t sound too ominous, but in fact it will be the first time in the history of the European Union that part of a nation’s sovereign rights and power will be explicitly transferred to the EU. The…

Against Barroso’s Federalism

On September 12 of last year, José Manuel Barroso, the Chairman of the European Commission, delivered his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament. In it he described a vision for the EU that is difficult for European conservatives to accept. Barroso—like the Swedish Christian Democrats and the Swedish Moderate Party—belongs to the same conservative pan-European party (the European Peoples’ Party or EPP). But speaking as Vice-Chairman of…

Has Europe Lost its Soul to the Markets?

As the political leaders of Europe come together to save the euro and European Union itself, I believe the time has come for religious leaders to do likewise. The task ahead of us is not between Jews and Catholics, or even Jews and Christians, but between Jews and Christians on the one hand and the increasingly, even aggressively secularising forces at work in Europe today on the other, challenging and…

The Seductiveness of Ideology in Politics

At the end of my studies, back in the fifties of the last century, I thought of writing a thesis on “the anti-democratic intellectual.” The Cold War was then still very much in full swing. Many intellectuals had gone to the Soviet Union. Instead I went to East Africa to sell oil. But the subject stayed with me. After a life full of activity, I decided to write a book…

Conservative Breakthrough in the European Parliament?

The elections for the European Parliament, held between 4 and 7 June 2009, have been portrayed by many commentators as…