Throughout 2013 we have done a number of interviews with academics and policymakers. As we near the end of the year, we thought we would compile a list of the five most popular interviews of the year.

1. Five minutes with Ulrich Beck: “Germany has created an accidental empire”

Are we now living in a German Europe? In an interview with EUROPP’s editors, Ulrich Beck discusses German dominance of the European Union, the divisive effects of austerity policies, and the relevance of his concept of the ‘risk society’ to the current problems being experienced in the Eurozone. Read the article here.

2. Five Minutes with Chantal Mouffe: “Most countries in Europe are in a post-political situation”

Is there a fundamental lack of choice between centre-left and centre-right parties in European party systems? The EUROPP team spoke to Chantal Mouffe on her theory of ‘post-politics’, the need for political parties to offer a real alternative on European integration, and whether populism can have a positive effect on European democracy. Read the article here.

3. Five minutes with Saskia Sassen: “The issue right now is not the lack of discipline in Eurozone economies; it’s the financialisation of everything”

Has the Eurozone crisis undermined Europe’s place in the world? In an interview with EUROPP’s editors Stuart Brown and Chris Gilson, Saskia Sassen discusses the role of finance in the crisis, the threat posed by transnational systems of surveillance, and the potential for public disorder to give a political voice to the powerless. Read the article here.

4. Five minutes with Anthony Giddens: “The European social model can and must survive the crisis”

What does the Eurozone crisis mean for the future of Europe? In an interview with EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Anthony Giddens discusses the content of his new book, Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe? He outlines the structural factors underpinning the crisis, the benefits of EU membership, and why maintaining the European social model as a social investment state is of crucial importance for European countries. Read the article here.

5. Five minutes with Colin Crouch: “A post-democratic society is one that continues to have and to use all the institutions of democracy, but in which they increasingly become a formal shell”

While many observers have pointed to signs of malaise within liberal democracies, the political sociologist Colin Crouch has argued that we are in fact witnessing a transition towards a post-democratic society. In this article, Mark Carrigan talks to Professor Crouch about his account of post-democracy. Read the article here.

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