La Fabrique des horizons européens | Géraldine Schwarz and Raphaël Enthoven (May 12th, 2019 - De Balie) [fr]
On Sunday May 12th, de Balie will host a debate between Géraldine Schwarz (GER/FR) and Raphaël Enthoven (FR), organized together with the Institut Français des Pays-Bas and the Goethe Institut, in the context of « La Fabrique des horizons européens », a cycle of debates launched by the Institut Français des Pays-Bas to discuss the European project at a time when it is being questioned or even contested.
|Date May 12th, 2019 - 20.30|
Lieu & adresse De Balie Amsterdam
Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam
Tarifs Entrée payante sur inscription
Lien d’inscription https://debalie.nl/
Langue Débats en Anglais
Ahead of the European elections in May, we explore the notion of European citizenship and European identity. Can we speak of a true ‘European people’? And if so, what would be its characteristics? We speak with two thinkers with opposite opinions, from neighbour countries France and Germany.
The Berlin-based journalist Geraldine Schwarz says that EU identity is centered on western countries and excludes the eastern ones. However, the French philosopher, Raphaël Enthoven thinks that ‘a European people’ does not exist at all, and that, instead, the EU politicians should address the EU citizens.
We will look ahead on the outcome of the European elections that are being held between 23-26 May throughout Europe. How important is the notion of a European demos, its heterogeneity or homogeneity for Europe’s future? And how has this developed in the past?
Raphaël Enthoven is a well-known public philosopher, French professor of philosophy and writer. He currently presents two TV programs and used to present a daily radio show in France. He published many books, among them Lectures de Proust (2011), about the work of writer Marcel Proust, and Little Brother (2017), which is a collection of essays with philosophical reflections on everyday life. He is a passionate speaker on what it means to be European, and speaks out on issues such as European citizenship and identity regularly in French media.
Geraldine Schwarz is a French-German journalist working in Berlin. She contributes regularly to Le Monde, and created several TV documentaries. The Dutch translation of her book Les Amnésiques, ‘De Geheugenlozen’, will be published in May by Atlas Contact. In this book, she tells the story of her French and German grandfathers, both of whom profited from or collaborated with the Vichy and Nazi regimes, respectively. The book is a plea for a confrontation with our past, in order to prevent the resurgence of right wing extremism in today’s Europe. Les Amnésiques received the European Book Prize in 2018.
With a range of Dutch and European partners, the Institut Français des Pays-Bas has launched this series of conferences aimed at questioning contemporary issues in the European Union, whether political, societal, cultural, economic or ecological. Academics, experts, elected officials and artists are invited to discuss topics that are relevant to our time, in order to create a dialogue between EU citizens and open new horizons for the European project.