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Alarums and Excursions - Conversation with Luuk van Middelaar

Crisis after crisis has beset the European Union. Without a script or prompt it has found itself flung onto the global stage with problems of identity, sovereignty and solidarity. 

Luuk van Middelaars new book, Alarums and Excursions, is a groundbreaking account of the European Union’s crisis politics. In a revealing portrayal of a Europe improvising its way through a politics of events and not rules, van Middelaar gives us the insider’s view of the EU’s political metamorphosis. Forced into action by a tidal wave of emergencies, Europe has had to reinvent itself. It has had to cast off its legal straitjacket and to confront hard issues of power, territorial borders and public authority. Van Middelaar contends that this reinvention will succeed only if the EU becomes a truly representative body that allows people’s opposition to share the stage.

Heleen Touquet (UAntwerp) and Wim Weymans (UCL), the incoming Chairs in European Values have invited him to reflect on the conclusions of his book in the light of the European elections on 26 May. What will the new configurations after the elections mean for the future of the European Union? How will they affect how we think about European Values? 

Luuk will be interviewed by Ben Judah, author of This is London and Fragile Empire

Practical information

When? 5 June 2019 at 6 p.m.
Where? BOZAR, Rotonde Bertouille, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
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