Alternative visions of the EU
The elections for the European Parliament of May 2019 come at a critical moment for the future of Europe. In the decade since the 2008 crisis, European countries have experienced modest growth or stagnation, increasing inequalities, growing divergence between ‘core’ and ‘periphery’ regions, in particular in Southern and Eastern countries. A policy stalemate has characterised Europe in key areas, from economic integration to social inclusion and migrations, resulting in loss of legitimacy and consensus. The discontent with Europe has contributed to demands for a return to national sovereignty – including Brexit – as well as to the rise of nationalism and extreme right-wing parties, now in power in some countries. At the same time, different types of social mobilisation, anti-élite protests and demands for ‘another Europe’ have emerged. All this has led to major changes in Europe’s political landscape.
The conference will present a range of views on these issues. The trajectory followed by European policies in neoliberal times will be assessed, discussing the rise of populism and nationalism, the case of ‘Brexit’, and proposals for a democratization treaty and a full budget for Europe.
- Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore)
- Mario Pianta (Scuola Normale Superiore)
Claus Offe, Hertie School of Governance
Europe and populism
Mary Kaldor, London School of Economics
Brexit and Europe
Antoine Vauchez, CNRS, Université Paris 1
Paths for democratizing Europe