The Quest

At the juncture of stand-up, the absurd and existential drama, Cédric Eeckhout obsessively singles out the similarities that unite his fate with that of the entire continent, politically and economically; he joins the great historical currents with the footnotes. According to him, the important dates in his life correspond oddly with important episodes in the history of United Europe. Even his initials play the game: CE!

During his monologue he dwells on Europe’s fragmentation and questions the ambivalent effects of Neoliberalism. He touches on his origins: he is the result of a union between someone from the north and someone from the south of Belgium, which after 18 years resulted in a divorce. Will the European Union suffer a better fate? Presenting himself as a 21st century knight errant clad in protective armor, he is accompanied in his quest by his mom and his cat named Jesus.

Conversation: Redefining the European Promise

Le 25.05.2022, à l’issue de la représentation de The Quest l’IEE participera a une conversation sur les multiples facettes de la construction européenne. 

LEurope today looks very different from Europe ten years ago. In light of past and ongoing crises, be they economic, financial, political, social or health-related, one cannot help but wonder : how will Europe look like ten years from now? What kind of future can be envisaged for Europe and what are the possible scenarios for 2030?


Cédric Eeckhout, Actor, author and director of The Quest
 François Foret, Professor in Political Science, Cevipol/Institut d’études européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles
 Marylou Hamm, Researcher in Political Science, Cevipol/Institut d’études européennes  of the l’Université Libre de Bruxelles
Moderation by Emmanuelle Bribosia, Professor in European Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles & Judge at the Constitutional Court of Belgium.

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Photo: Andrea Messana