[dropcap]D[/dropcap]iscussing »Europe« can no longer mean to exclusively focus on the consequences of the European Parliament elections, on ways of implementing democracy in the EU or the different possibilities of co-operation between European nation states. Today, we also have to ponder on the dynamics of global de-velopments – including Putin’s attempt to draw new borders and the re-design of transatlantic relations between Europe and the USA- as representing challenges to the European value system. Answers to these questions are manifold and contradictory, nonetheless they need to be heard in order not to leave them to populists or political and administrative elites reaching decisions behind closed doors. We appreciate a culture of public debate with citizens, intellectuals and politicians about the conflicts and potentials of Europe because we are convinced that appeasement and evocation do not help Europe get any further. What we need is an open and public discourse.
European Disputes — Program