In the past, the European Union had always been surprisingly good in developing tools to build an internal market, and a monetary union, and to solve economic disparities. Now, however, a new “toolkit” is needed to solve the politically much more sensitive issues.
Historian and political philosopher Luuk van Middelaar argues that it is necessary to “connect the techniques from the regulation-machine with the ability to take decisions that are visible and accountable for the public opinion.” On the 18th of January 2018, Van Middelaar held a lecture on these issues.
Van Middelaar is the author of the acclaimed standard work The Passage to Europe (Yale University Press, 2014). Between 2010 and 2015 he worked as a speechwriter and advisor for Herman van Rompuy, the first permanent president of the European Council. In these turbulent years he witnessed as an insider how the European Union stumbled forwards from crisis to crisis. Now, in retrospective, he has taken the time to reflect on this period, both personally and historically, in his recently published "De Nieuwe Politiek van Europa" (The New Politics of Europe).
This lecture was organised by The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the Montesquieu Institute. The lecture was part of the interdisciplinary conference “Tuning into the Noise of Europe”, organised by European Studies, a study program at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.