Imagining the European project in a time of war

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With la revue Esprit

The war in Ukraine has raised the question of the European project again. What are the values that underpin it, how was European identity constructed, and what relationship do Europeans have with others?

Cloître Saint-Louis © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


By asking for the support of the European Union against Russian aggression, then for emergency adhesion to the Union, Ukraine invites us to question the place of war in a European project designed to build lasting peace. The solidity of the values that bring European together, what makes up European identity, and our relationship with otherness are being re-examined. How can we rethink European commitment for a time of crisis?


With Justine Lacroix professor of political science at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Marta Górnicka director, Thierry Chopin guest professor at the Collège d'Europe, special adviser to the Institut Jacques Delors

Animated by Emmanuelle Saulnier-Cassia Professor of Law at the University of Versailles-St-Quentin (Paris-Saclay) and theatre critic for Esprit magazine

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