The European Journal #1

New Decade - New World


New Direction’s opinion journal that gathers the thoughts of world-renowned experts, on the crucial issues facing Europe today.

Welcome to the first issue of The European Journal - a magazine devoted to fresh thinking on the big subjects by some of the finest writers at work today.

This is an exciting time to be involved in politics and ideas - in Europe and across the globe - not least because we are experiencing a renaissance in conservative ideas as conservative governments lead the way in re-connecting power to the people.

But in the battle of ideas, old ideologies reappear in new guises - this is not the time to be complacent. That is why our editorial team invited celebrated British journalist, Julie Burchill, to challenge “woke” culture and Margaret Thatcher’s close confidante Robin Harris to explain why now is the perfect time to convert to conservatism (if you haven’t already.) Co-founder of the Quilliam foundation, Ed Husain, explores the Prophet’s surprising relationship with profit, and renowned Turkish author Elif Shafak offers her poignant thoughts for the year ahead.

It’s not all about politics in The European Journal. French broadcaster Bénédicte Paviot provides a cut out and keep guide on how not to become a viral social media sensation while leading Spanish football expert Guillem Balague tackles technology in LaLiga.

We have exciting coverage of art, music, technology, media, economics, sport, travel and lifestyle.

On a personal note, we would like to dedicate this first issue to the conservative thinker and philosopher Sir Roger Scruton. When our team approached Sir Roger for his thoughts on conservatism and the environment, we had little idea that this would be the last piece he wrote. You can read it inside this issue. We hope to emulate his spirit now - and on into the future.