The most fundamental species of depoliticization affecting European politics is provided by its historical momentum. From Monnet onwards, the goal of European unity itself was thought to legitimate the process of integration. At the time, promises were made that national sovereignty would not be impacted. Given the historical frame of the immediate postwar period, what … Continue reading Depolcrit & European politics: conclusion
The European Commission’s White paper on governance is considered to be an important part of the legitimizing strategy favoured by the commission: as a first preparatory step before the constitutional negotiations, it outlines the Commission’s outlook on the normative principles that should guide European governance in the years to come – what is more, a … Continue reading Governance with the people?
Europe is thus closed off from its own history and has reinstated its internal borders externally. But it also attempts to consolidate a certain political ethos, while expelling its evil twin in the same gesture. Or, if as we have seen Donald Tusk put it, we must not submit to populist arguments. In Laclau’s affirmative … Continue reading Moral Fortress Europe II: Against populism
We have briefly considered how the initial permissive consensus was ended in part because the self-perception of the European Union as a ‘community of winners’ became increasingly less tenable. This is especially true in times of economic crisis, but we saw Majone claim that after rapid catch-up with the United States in the immediate postwar … Continue reading Moral Fortress Europe I: Peace and Human Rights