Waarom ‘de ziel van Europa’?

Europa wordt aangevallen. We kunnen deze dreiging alleen afwenden als Europa eensgezind is. Zolang eensgezindheid ontbreekt, is Europa een speelbal van kwade machten.

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Erwin van den Brink

  • Oekraïnse veerkracht

    Oekraïnse veerkracht

    Hoewel de Europese burgers de hulp aan Oekraïne en zijn uiteindelijke toetreding tot de EU grotendeels steunen, denkt 59% dat de wederopbouw een financiële last voor de EU zal zijn in plaats van een kans. Er is echter lang niet genoeg aandacht voor de enorme voordelen die Oekraïne de EU zou kunnen opleveren. De komende…

  • Wroeten in de achtertuin

    Wroeten in de achtertuin

    Politiek in de EU wordt steeds Europeser, zo laten de verkiezingen voor het Europese Parlement zien. Maar even buiten de grens van de EU wordt politiek juist minder Europees. Landen op de westelijke Balkan en de Caucasus lijken zich van de EU af te wenden, concludeert Dimitar Bechev van Carnegie Europe. Afgelopen weekend won de…

  • D-Day: Les uns et les autres

    D-Day: Les uns et les autres

    Today in The Soul of Europe, we reflect on the 80th anniversary of “D-Day,” the Allied landing in Normandy that became the turning point in the war against Nazi Germany. Countless stories have been created about World War II in Europe that are historically based on truth, either in whole or in part, or that…

  • Europabba


    The culmination of a glittering artist career with the highest royal award.

  • EU lacks compelling stories

    EU lacks compelling stories

    Union needs compelling folk tale The best way to do something against rising populism in European Union is to popularize Europe. The EU suffers from unpopularity because it lacks an inspiring story in which everyone can identify. But how do you create such a story? When the journalist Frans Nypels took me on in 1980…

  • Underwater art

    Underwater art

    Summer exhibition Maura BiavaJune 14 to September 15, 2024, Escher in the PalaceMaura Biava was the first artist to create underwater photography in the 1990s. Accompanied by a photographer and a diver, she herself dove meters deep into the sea with costumes and objects for a photo series or a video of her performance. Every…

  • Matter of Worldview

    Matter of Worldview

    That, as Urgant and Pozner claim in the attached piece, “the West” would have promised at the breakup of the Soviet Union that NATO would not expand eastward is a myth. Simply because NATO or “the West” has nothing to say about it. Individual member states unanimously decide who can and cannot join NATO, and…

  • Today, Europe Day: Van Beethoven’s ‘Ninth’

    Today, Europe Day: Van Beethoven’s ‘Ninth’

    One of the best, most famous and influential pieces of classical music was premiered in Vienna two hundred years ago. According to a younger professional and contemporary, after completing this great work, the composer could say to himself, “Now let death come, my task is done.” That composer: Ludwig van Beethoven. That great work: his…

  • Olympic Nazi torch

    Olympic Nazi torch

    Featured image: English: Paavo Nurmi lights the fire at the Olympic games in Helsinki 1952. Excitement is mounting in the run-up to the Summer Olympics , which begin in Paris at the end of July. But old Olympic traditions are already in full swing: This week, the Olympic flame was ignited during a choreographed ceremony…

  • About the Russian soul

    About the Russian soul

    Tucker Carlson’s visit to Russia some time back (early February 2024) was very illuminating – not so much because of Vladimir Putin’s condescending lecture to the former Fox News host, in which he used selective history and lies to justify his war on Ukraine, but because of a telling and tragic juxtaposition that followed. Over…