Europa after the Euro Crisis: Political Change, Public Discontent?
February 27, 2014
Room 707, International Affairs Building
Speaker: Luuk Van Middelaar, European Council
Discussant: Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College
What is the state of Europe five years after the start of the global financial crisis? The countries of the European Union are still getting to terms with the economic and political after-shocks of the debt crisis that hit part of the continent. In the process of dealing with the crisis, power has shifted among member states and institutions; European public opinions are also realizing what it really means to share a currency, in good times as in bad. Does Europe face a fateful choice between federation and break-up, as some American commentators think? Or can it find its own way out?
Luuk van Middelaar is a Dutch political philosopher and currently the speechwriter and an advisor to the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. He published his first book, Politicide, in 1999. Since its original publication, The Passage to Europe has received the Socrates Prize for the best Dutch philosophy book and the European Book Prize 2012.