20 December 2016

Has Europe reached its limits?

Has Europe, both the EU and the European idea, reached its limits? On 8 and 9 December, the Graduate Institute and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) explored this issue during a conference at Maison de la Paix which featured a lecture from Princeton professor Jan-Werner Müller, author of the recent book What is Populism?

Graduate Institute Professor Andre Liebich oversaw the programme for the conference, saying “it was planned before Brexit, but Brexit gave it a new urgency. What we’ve found is that there’s a terrific nostalgia about what Europe should be, and differing degrees of disappointment about what it has become. Clearly, the EU is functioning badly; the debate is whether it’s functioning slightly badly or very badly.”

The event was organised as part of the Graduate Institute’s cooperation programme with IWM, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation. A video with Professor Liebich is below, while a video of Jan-Werner Muller’s lecture is available here.