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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds This week you have learned that the meaning of democracy is fuzzy, and so is the idea of a democratic Europe. You have learned to identify how democracy as a guiding principle of political organisation has developed in a historical context. You have learned about the transformation of democracy in postnational entities such as the European Union. You’re able to identify positive and negative aspects of this transformation. And you have developed innovative responses to challenges of moving towards postnational forms of political organisation. Next week is our final week. Here we take a different perspective. We look into what Europe is made not to be.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds You will gain a broader perspective of how Europe is constructed through its relations with the wider world, but also with its internal others.

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Dr Senka Neuman-Stanivukovic summarises this week’s discussions on democracy in Europe. We’ve seen which problems democracy in Europe faces, including the EU’s democratic deficit and illiberal tendencies.

Next week, the last week of this course already, we’ll be looking into how Europe is constructed vis-à-vis the other and as the other. We summarise the past weeks and together we’ll think Europe differently!

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