This week we will consider the historical, political, societal and economic implications of the very notion of European cultural heritage. Is there a European collective memory, and what is it made up of?
As summer runs into winter and the infamous New York « fall” ceases to exist, the question of climate change rears its head once more. Tackling climate change has been the subject of much debate and unfortunately many failed promises among world leaders in recent years. However, the problem is not going away. As carbon emissions in the EU increase year on year, and the global temperature rises menacingly, this question cannot be avoided. The rise of climate-change denial in tandem with the fervid growth of euroskepticism only adds fuel to this fire. According to Adelphi, 21 right-wing populist parties across Europe categorically deny or are doubtful of the scientific consensus on that climate change is the result of human activity and industry.
This week we will consider the economic, societal, and political implications of Europe’s footballing obsession. How do tribal fanbases reflect and inform social divisions in Madrid, Glasgow, and Manchester? How do the national teams of France, England and Germany portray national characters beyond being good at penalties? Is the sport a source of inclusion or division on the continent?
Populism is a phenomenon spreading in the Western world and Europe is not discluded. This is a topic worth discussion with the rise of different illeberal populist regimes in some countries and populist parties in other countries gaining power. What makes it hard to address the issue are the challenges Europe faces. We will trace the origins of populism and discuss its future. Will Europe become undemocratic, illiberal ? Come and find out !
A conversation with Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, and Heiko Maas, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, on the occasion of the French and German Presidencies of the United Nations Security Council.
What does a potential hard border with Ireland mean for the UK ?
Can the British political parties recover from their identity crisis ?
What would a potential deadline extension mean with the European Parliamentary elections coming up ?
And finally what does Brexit mean for other European neo-nationalist parties ?
What is the relationship between technocracy and populism in Europe ? As they appear as both causes and effects of a greater crisis in liberal democracy, the line between the two is more and more blurred with each election. Can we transform the European Union to counter the rise of « techno-populism » ?
One country. Two leaders. Juan Guaido declaring himself to be interim president on January 23rd of this year acted as an electroshock to Venezuela. The waves spread quickly around the world, as state governments and other entities sided either with the young head of the national parliament and leader of the opposition or with the controversially re-elected president Nicolas Maduro. European countries also had to take sides. Or so it seems.
Only half of the Europeans believe in God, according to a recent survey. Yet, religions have now taken center stage in political rhetoric and stand at the core of such issues as European identity, values, or immigration policies. Or so it seems.
How has Europe confronted today’s increased religious diversity ? What is the future of religions in Europe, especially as they relate to politics and identity ? Should Europe promote the “re-socialisation and re-culturation” of religion, instead of its expulsion, as argued by Olivier Roy in a recent article he published for the Groupe d’Études Géopolitiques ?
Come join us in Kent 405 at 8pm to discuss answers to these questions and more during our second European Wednesday of the Spring Semester !
As the mercury drops in Morningside Heights this week, the temperature on the European continent remains just under boiling point. Or so it seems. Whether it is the Yellow Vests on the streets of Paris or the anti-government protests of December in Hungary, civil unrest has increased markedly over the Holiday period. Will it carry on into the New Year, and what implications does it have for the upcoming European Elections in May ?