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Progressive Europeanism in Action

The real battle in Europe is not between north and south, but between progressives and authoritarians – whether establishment austerians or insurgent racists – in every EU country. Only transnational democracy can counter the sectarian, nationalist narratives that conceal this underlying struggle.

ATHENS – Despite its obvious significance, Brexit is a mere sideshow when compared to the muffled but more fundamental disintegration taking place across the European Union. The political center is not holding in the key member states. Nationalism is on the march everywhere. Even pro-European governments have, in practice, abandoned all blueprints for genuine consolidation and are increasingly drifting toward re-nationalization of banking systems, public debt, and social policy.