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Kremlin Threats: Europe Has To Learn To Defend Itself, But How?

By Ralf Neukirch and Dirk Kurbjuweit

09 Jun 2022 · 13 min read

Editor's Note

This deep dive argues that the War has made Europe closer than it has been in decades. Der Speigel looks to Europe's future.

Could this war actually be an opportunity? There is every reason - rooted in both reason and emotion - to reject that view. And yet, it has happened time and again. Wars are game changers; they transform a huge number of things. First and foremost, of course, they turn people's everyday lives into nightmares, but politically, the occasional positive effect can result. Is the European Union one of those cases?

Yes, argues the Bulgarian intellectual Ivan Krastev, a researcher at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and one of the leading political thinkers of our times. Before the war, Krastev wrote that Europe was on the verge of crumbling, mainly because of the dispute between the illiberal democracies in Poland and Hungary with the European Commission and most other EU member states.

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