The maturity of a civil society may, among other things, be gauged by the presence or absence of a culture of criticism. A critical view of social, economic and political processes is an indispensable part of Western civilization's political culture. In most of Europe, the European Union and NATO have not escaped such criticism. Though Euroskeptics and "NATO-skeptics" are in the minority, their voices are becoming increasingly articulate. Many among them have institutionalized their positions by establishing NGOs and even political parties. In Denmark, Finland and some other European countr...
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