The EU and its various crises: identity politics and politicization
In cooperation with Amsterdam Centre for European Studies
Euro crisis, migration challenges, and now Brexit (not to mention Trump and transatlantic trade): the EU has encountered various serious crises over the past years. As a result, the politicization of EU affairs is now in full swing with the upcoming elections of the European Parliament as a major focal point. So far, (mostly right wing) populist Euro-skeptical parties have been the main profiteers of the crises. The talk argues that identity politics is front and center of the contemporary contestations of EU policies and institutions.
Identity politics maps onto the re-alignment of political forces across Europe with a cultural cleavage superimposing on the familiar left-right cleavage. Silencing the debates will not suffice to restore the European project, but counter-mobilization is possible, as social forces across Europe have demonstrated.
About the speakers
Thomas Risse is a professor of international relations at the Freie Universität Berlin. He received his PhD. in political science in 1987 from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. During his career, he has taught in the U.S. at Cornell, Yale, Stanford, and Harvard universities as well as the University of Wyoming, in Europe at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He has been co-ordinator of the Collaborative Research Center 700 'Governance of Areas of Limited Statehood', and is editor of European Public Spheres, Politics is Back and of “External Actors, State-Building, and Service Provision in Areas of Limited Statehood."
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