A perfect companion to European politics today, written by the same authors, this
book presents past events, prominent personalities, important dates,
organisations and electoral information in an accessible, easy-to-read format.
The book is split into five sections for ease of use: a dictionary of
significant political events, a chronology of major events in Europe since 1945,
a biographical dictionary, a dictionary of political organisations and electoral
data. In addition to being a comprehensive reference tool, this book is intended
to provide a sound historical background to the development of Western European
An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE
crossing the Med. Caroline Abu Sa’Da is General Director of its Swiss branch.
Juliano Fiori: SOS is very much a product of contemporary Europe. It’s a
civic response to refugees and migrants in the Med but also to nationalistic politics, or to the
return of nationalist movements to the forefront of Europeanpolitics. How, then, does SOS differ
from European humanitarian NGOs founded in past decades?
Caroline Abu Sa’Da: SOS is a European citizen movement. Besides our
search-and-rescue activities, we aim to give to the greatest number of
Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Oleksii Reznikov, had declared that a ‘major war
in Ukraine’ would lead to three to five million Ukrainian refugees ( Reznikov, 2021 ). This prediction was part of
Reznikov’s warning that a war in Ukraine ‘would plunge the whole of Europe
into crisis’ and his attempt to raise support among Europeanpolitical leaders in
the face of the Russian threats. Without referring to Reznikov’s prediction, the
Biden administration announced at the beginning of February 2022 that a Russian
of Government and State of the European Economic Community,
the member governments decided to enter the process for building the
Major issues and themes
EuropeanPolitical Co-operation, also known as EPC, that is, the process
towards the common foreign, security, and later on defence policy. At the
same time, the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE),
the so-called Helsinki Process, overturned the politics of the entire European
region by transforming the relations between the two political and military
blocs and de-freezing of the Cold War
industrialisation has been the compression of war, particularly in the West. However,
the sense of industrial conflict enacted in the American Civil War masked
another transformation, the emergence of political ideologies which would
blight Europeanpolitics and wars in the twentieth century.
The move established by the end of the European and Ottoman empires,
combined with the emergence of political ideologies led some writers such
as the Czech philosopher Jan Patočka to recognise that war in the twentieth
century was shaped by a ‘new techno-scientific age’.10 According to
offers an introduction to
discussions about the politics of emotionality, before moving on to assess how
the idea of salvation informed the decision by political elites in the Kremlin
to re-invade Chechnya, while also arguing that ideas of redemption played a
role in the decision by some West Europeanpolitical leaders, including Tony
Blair, to turn to NATO in order to intervene in Kosovo.
The politics of emotionality
In recent years a number of political theorists and IR scholars have drawn
attention to the role of emotions in world politics.1 One advocate of this
therefore be a ‘recognition of
the United States and Great Britain as co-equal in continental [European]
politics’ or even a ‘recognition of the United States as a permanent and
dominating factor in Western Europe’. This was really thinking the hitherto
unthinkable. In one of his admirably succinct memoranda (this time barely a
page long), Pasvolsky wrote at the same period that a whole series of projects
for Europe had to be considered, but all mentioned regional political and
economic ‘arrangements’ or ‘unity’. The net result was the setting up of the
’. Cited hereafter
as MFA, plus document number, date and heading. The document numbers are the ministry’s own
in the batch sent to the Platform for Authentic Journalism under a Freedom of Information (‘WOB’)
19 Elena A. Korosteleva, ‘Eastern partnership and the Eurasian Union: bringing “the political” back in the
eastern region’. EuropeanPolitics and Society, 17 (supl.) 2016, pp. 75–6.
20 MFA, Doc. 29, 12 June 2013, ‘core message lunch Sikorski’.
21 MFA, Doc. 34, 19 August 2013, ‘core message lunch Paet’.
Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold
September 2016 (online);
Joost Niemöller, ‘Waarom het OM bij MH17 nog niet eens het begin van een zaak heeft’. De Nieuwe
Realist, 29 September 2016 (online).
70 Bjorn, ‘The Battle of the Debaltsevo Bulge’; Niemöller, MH17: De Doofpotdeal, p. 144.
71 Chris Kaspar de Ploeg, Ukraine in the Crossfire. Atlanta: Clarity Press, 2017, p 200; Ivan Katchanovski,
‘The separatist war in Donbas’. EuropeanPolitics and Society, 17 (3) 2016, p. 9 (online); James Sherr, ‘A
war of narratives and arms’. In K. Giles, P. Hanson, R. Lyne, J. Nixey, J. Sherr and A. Wood, The Russian
Lisbon Treaty: Neighbours and New Actors in a Changing Security
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Policy Centre Papers 48. Brussels.
Long, Stephanie, and Janice Wormworth. (2012). “Tuvalu: Islanders Lose Ground
to Rising Seas”, in J. Bakker, S. Leckie and E. Simperingham (eds), Climate
Change and Displacement Reader. London: Routledge.
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Security: Lessons from the UN and EU Experience