More on Felicia Langer and the German "Merit Cross"
See my new post on NewMajority.com here.
The focus of the Transatlantic Intelligencer is European politics and the, increasingly "conflicted", relationship of Europe - or, more precisely, the leading continental European powers, France and Germany - with the United States. A principal purpose of Trans-Int will be to "overcome the language gap" - or at least some of the language gaps - preventing Americans and other English-speakers from forming an accurate assessment of European political realities. Since, however, there are also multiple "language gaps" within Europe, I hope too that Trans-Int will be of interest to European readers.
It is certainly true that the elite-based structure of the EU may be one of the principal causes for the EU’s vexatious democracy deficit. But it also provides the explanation for the epoch-making progress in the process of [European] integration, which would never have been possible in a fully democratized system of decision-making.