The weekly publication of "cartes blanches", scheduled until summer 2024 as part of IEE-ULB's sixtieth anniversary, continues with an article by Martin Deleixhe.
Published on Jan 29, 2024 in Cartes blanches, IEE 60, News
L’Europe et son Autre
The article of Martin Deleixhe, Professor at ULB’s Centre de Théorie Politique, continues our series of “cartes blanches” dedicated to the theme of European narratives.
According to prof. Deleixhe, since its inception, the Union has proven wrong Carl Schmitt’s thesis according to which a political community cannot be founded without an existential opposition to a constitutive Other. But isn’t this profoundly original essence of the European project now threatened by the scapegoating of migrants?
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The aim is to reflect on the past to obtain a better understanding of the present, while also projecting a vision for the future. The comparison across time and societies help us to guard against relativism. Our affiliated members (members of the academic, scientific and administrative bodies as well as scientific collaborators) are invited to mobilize their expertise and share research findings to provide insights for a wider audience.
The means are a set of short format articles (comparable to op-eds in a newspaper). Articles are written in a language accessible to the broader public, in either French or English, and present one of the debates that have shaped the history of European integration. For example, and without being exhaustive, contributions could cover the purpose of Europe, the borders of Europe, Europe as an actor of/in Culture, the desirability of social Europe, Europe and market forces, Europe and its relationship with third countries/regions, Europe and geopolitical power, the nature of European law, and the best ways of telling the story of Europe.
The structure suggested for contributions is the following: the stakes and issues defining the debate; the chronology and dynamics of its evolution; elements of continuity or mutation; challenges of present-day discussions and possible outlines of future debates. This framework is indicative and does not exclude alternative or more creative forms, such as rewriting of history or fiction.
The operation ’60 years in 6,000 characters’ is coordinated by the IEE management team (François Foret, President; Chloé Brière, Director; Emmi Kallio, Head of Administration and Communications) and an editorial committee (Paul Dermine, Professor of EU Law; Marta Matrakova, Research Logistician; Frederik Ponjaert, Scientific Coordinator).
The authors express freely their opinions that do not represent an official position of the IEE-ULB.