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Re:Thinking Europe: with Philipp Blom & Kalypso Nicolaidis

Two of Europe’s most influential thinkers, historian Philipp Blom and professor International Relations Kalypso Nicolaïdis will discuss the future of Europe.

2017 has already proven to be a crucial year for Europe, with the negotiations on Brexit starting off, Macron’s victory over Le Pen’s euroscepticism in France, and Wilders’ absence from positions of power in the Netherlands. Can we all breathbreathe a sigh of relief, now that the populist spring has not come to blossom? Will the results of the last months offer Europe possibilities to reinvent itself? And what if Macron does not succeed in reforming Europe and increasing popular support?

According to Blom, ‘some elections’ are not enough to solve Europe’s structural problems. The question is: will Europe perish in spite of its successes? Now is the moment to formulate a new narrative that serves to engage Europeans with the European project. Which measures does Blom propose the EU takes?
Nicolaïdis argues that Europe must try to let go of its ‘chronic short-term perspective’ and focus on strengthening its democratic foundations in the long term. Only empathy between the member states can save Europe. Both thinkers will present their to do list for Europe, and will reflect on the crucial importance of today’s situation for the history of Europe.

During the programme, we will pay tribute to Isaiah Berlin, one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century, who thoroughly examined the question of European integration in 1959. Today, his reflections are still crucial to understanding Europe’s current situation. Walter Bart from theatre company Wunderbaum will perform.

Philipp Blom (1970) is a German historian, novelist, journalist and translator. After obtaining his PhD in Modern History at Oxford University, he has worked as a journalist, editor and writer, contributing to newspapers, magazines and radio programmes throughout Europe and the US. Blom’s historical books on European history, such as The Vertigo Years (2008) and A Wicked Company (2010), have been awarded with several international prizes. He contributed the essay Thinking Europe – No Future? to the anthology Re:Thinking Europe which has been published in the context of the Forum on European Culture.

About Kalypso Nicolaïdis
Kalypso Nicolaïdis (1962) is a Greek-French Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford where she is also director of the Centre for International Studies. Nicolaïdis has published widely on various aspects of European integration, international relations and global governance. Her latest book include: Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies, edited with Gabi Maas and Berny Sebe (2015); European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Contexts, edited with Justine Lacroix (2010); and Mediterranean Frontiers: Borders, Memory and Conflict in a Transnational Era, edited with Dimitar Bechev (2009). Nicolaïdis contributed the article ‘My EUtopia: Empathy in a Union of Others to the anthology Re:Thinking Europe.

Moderator: Lennart Booij

Language: English

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Twee van Europa’s meest invloedrijke denkers, historicus Philipp Blom en professor Internationale Betrekkingen in Oxford, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, gaan in gesprek over de toekomst van Europa.

2017 is een cruciaal jaar voor Europa. De Brexit onderhandelingen zijn nét gestart, Macron versloeg de anti- Europese Le Pen in Frankrijk, en ook in Nederland kwam Wilders niet aan de macht. Kunnen we opgelucht ademhalen nu de populistische lente lijkt te zijn uitgebleven? Bieden de afgelopen maanden kansen voor Europa om zich opnieuw uit te vinden? En wat als het Macron niet lukt Europa te hervormen en het draagvlak te vergroten?
Volgens Blom lossen ‘een paar verkiezingen’ het structurele probleem van Europa niet op. De grote vraag is nu: gaat Europa ten onder aan haar eigen succes? Dit is het moment waarop Europa op zoek moet naar een nieuw narratief om haar burgers weer warm te maken voor het Europese project. Welke maatregelen moet Europa nu nemen volgens hem?

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