The Divide in the EU and Emerging Hard Populism
Postscript: Democracy renewal and alternatives for redemocratization
After the dreams of evolutionary, ‘easy’ integration, or the ‘Western fallacy’, a new, realistic scenario has to be outlined for catching up with the West and the redemocratization of the ECE region. Despite the populist pressure from ECE governments blaming ‘Brussels’ for all their problems, the European identity of the ECE population has strengthened. The last few decades have seen the period of a long learning process in democratization. A new generation has emerged in these troubled decades, socialized in democratic values, able and ready to restart the Europeanization and democratization process in the New World Order. The millions of ‘Easterners’ living in the West can also initiate and support redemocratization in ECE by mobilizing the Europeanized strata and young people at home in order to effect a new historical turn to join the European mainstream as some kind of ‘re-entry’ to the EU.
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