Code of Conduct

The European is committed to lively, intelligent and controversial debates – especially in the comments section. We ask our readers to remember the person behind each opinion, and to treat them respectfully. We ask for adherence to the following rules:

1. Comments should address the topic at hand and respond to arguments presented by the author or by other readers.
2. Insults and provocations will not be tolerated. Tolerance is the basis on which intelligent debate can flourish.
3. Discrimination or defamation on the basis of political, religious or sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, age or gender will not be tolerated.
4. Statements of fact should be substantiated by credible facts. We ask that rumors and hearsay be avoided.
5. Irony, even when well intentioned, is easily misunderstood. Please tread carefully, and avoid irony when possible. When reading and responding to the comments of others, please consider the possibility that statements might be intended as irony.
6. If you quote directly, cite correctly. Include a reference or a link whenever possible.
7. The European is not responsible for the content of websites to which readers link in their comments. We reserve the right to remove links if the websites violate any of the rules specified in this document.
8. Advertisements or links to e-commerce platforms are not allowed in the comments section.

In the case of violations, editors will moderate, edit or remove comments. The European reserves the right to assess comments on a case-by-case basis and without further explanation. Comments may also be turned off at any time.

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We look forward to interesting debates!