With Alberto Martinelli, Vittorio Cotesta, Nadia Urbinati and Alain Touraine
Europe is in crisis and the EU project risks disintegration. The refugee and Brexit issues, as well as recent events in Turkey, demonstrate how serious matters really are. In a EurActiv interview, in February 2016, Edgar Morin, the French sociologist and philosopher, speaks of a «planetary crisis» and the need «to change civilisation» in order to respond to the complexity of today’s world. Furthermore, the drama of terrorism, a new phenomenon for contemporary western democracies requires serious reflection regarding jihadism and its radicalisation.
These are but some of the issues addressed during the multiple conversations held with the three sociologists, Alberto Martinelli, Vittorio Cotesta and Alain Touraine and with the political scientist, Nadia Urbinati. All the interviewees are leading experts on European issues and institutions, as well as on democracy put to the test currently by rampant populism in almost all the EU countries. Alain Touraine fervently holds that «it is madness» not to want a united Europe at a moment when we need a new political and economic project capable of defeating the nationalism, walls and separation between states that now seem to prevail.
Europe finds itself in a dramatic position: it must choose innovation and construction, or disintegration, with all the unpredictable consequences this may entail.
Europe against itself. This appears to be the dramatic present-day situation of a Continent that has lost its way to integration and seems to be heading, instead, in the direction of disintegration …
The pro-European, federalist, integration project, undertaken in the 1950’s, and not without considerable difficulty, may have come to an end. This is confirmed by the significant results obtained in many EU Countries by a number of Euro-sceptic and xenophobic parties in national, European and regional elections during the 2014-2016 period.
The noteworthy advance of Marine Le Pen’s Front National in France’s 2015 departmental elections represents a reality that questions not only the democracy of France but that of other European nations too. And this phenomenon continues, increasingly destabilizing national politics, unable to find common answers to urgent EU emergencies.
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