Dissent within the EU: threat or opportunity? (TruLies Blogpost by Timm Beichelt)

In his contri­bution to the TruLies Blog, Prof. Timm Beichelt advocates the necessity to scrutinise the European Union. Only a critical and reflective public debate can deepen the processes of European integration and help develop a European identity.  This contri­bution is part of a series of blog posts on the homepage of the IEP’s project “TrueLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, which addresses subjects surrounding Euroscep­ticism and populism in Germany and Europe.

Stiftung_Mercator_Blau_RGBThe project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation  of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website: http://trulies-europe.de/.

Tim Beichelt’s contri­bution can be found here: http://trulies-europe.de/?p=191.