We at MODERN TIMES have an international line, based on individual freedom and international solidarity – as you our readers can also see from the selection of international books and themes. This time we have MODERN TIMES's attachments ORIENTERING chose Europe's future and the EU as the theme, and we received financial support for this from Fritt Ord – and with Paal Frisvold as the magazine's editor. Frisvold was previously the leader of the European movement. He has worked for the OECD, EFTA and been an adviser to Norwegian interests in Brussels. among other things for the environmental foundation Bellona. I have known Frisvold for a long time, and I still remember our first meeting at night in the late 80's, discussing politics over a beer in Oslo, when he was around 30 years old, and just returned from a couple of years in Beijing. MODERN TIMES is now arranging a debate meeting on the topic at the end of March, so follow us on nytid.no and see our Facebook group www.facebook / groups / nytid for more information. We wish you good reading! Truls Lie, Editor-in-Chief
Eric Zemour: La France n'a pas dit son dernier mot
FRANCE: The French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour's conclusion after a number of "not a day without" statements is that France is about to be taken over by Muslims and feminists. The whole Zemmour figure is incomprehensible.
EUROPE: MODERN TIMES recently visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and met one of the founders of the Conference on the Future of Europe – where the following topics have been discussed: democratic values, climate change, social justice and job security, human rights, European defense and digital transformation. This is the basis for ORIENTERING this time, as we on the following pages have asked a number of Norwegian opinion leaders about much of the same. And here with Daniel Freund, who is a member of the party Die Grünen in Germany, we could not help but talk about climate.
EUROPE: It is not this magazine's intention to dwell on Norway's affiliation with the EU. On the contrary. The exercise is inspired by the ongoing process in all EU countries with conferences and studies on the role and direction of EU co-operation. Is it possible to change the EU?
EUROPE: Europe and EU co-operation have developed in step with society's crises and challenges. On that occasion, MODERN TIMES has asked a number of Norwegian opinion leaders questions about the future of Europe. The EU's Green Deal shows leadership on the environment and climate, in addition to digital services. We ask which areas the EU should prioritize, with appropriate political, legal or industrial initiatives and forms of cooperation.
EUROPE: How can the EU, or the Council of Europe, play a leading role in power politics, and should the EU strengthen its security and defense policy cooperation? Or now with the Ukraine crisis, for example, to promote a pragmatic multilateralism rather than to hold on to all principles?
THE GLOCAL: Citizens' councils can revitalize Europe. Their success depends both on their ability to strengthen the EU's participatory political processes, and on greater responsiveness to citizens' local communities. Here we look at how the first "European Commons Assembly" provided an opportunity for information-based political reforms together – based on social and ecological sustainability.
NEXT GENERATIONEU: After prolonged covid-19 restrictions, a revitalization of the economy is high on the political agenda. The EU's comeback strategy is an economic recovery plan with 750 billion euros in grants and loan repayments. Are we heading into a federal era? And what lasting ecological measures can be taken in a fast, goal-focused turnaround operation?
FRANCE / The French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour's conclusion after a number of "not a day without" statements is that France is about to be taken over by Muslims and feminists. The whole Zemmour figure is incomprehensible.
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