Europa after the Euro Crisis: Political Change, Public Discontent? (Luuk van Middelaar)


Date: Feb 27, 2014

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 EU are still coming to terms with the economic and political after-shocks of the debt crisis. 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? This talk draws upon the analysis offered in van Middelaar’s book The Passage to Europe (Yale U.P, 2013) as well as upon his experience on the EU “frontlines” as speechwriter to the European Council President.

Luuk van Middelaar is a Dutch political philosopher and currently the speechwriter and advisor to President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. He published his first book, Politicide, in 1999. Since its publication, The Passage to Europe has received the Socrates Prize for the best Dutch philosophy book and the European Book Prize 2012.

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Date: Feb 27, 2014

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 EU are still coming to terms with the economic and political after-shocks of the debt crisis. 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? This talk draws upon the analysis offered in van Middelaar’s book The Passage to Europe (Yale U.P, 2013) as well as upon his experience on the EU “frontlines” as speechwriter to the European Council President.

Luuk van Middelaar is a Dutch political philosopher and currently the speechwriter and advisor to President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. He published his first book, Politicide, in 1999. Since its publication, The Passage to Europe has received the Socrates Prize for the best Dutch philosophy book and the European Book Prize 2012.

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