Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations After the Iraq War

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Shortly after the hostilities of the Iraq War were declared to have come to an end, the renowned philosopher Jurgen Habermas, with the endorsement of Jacques Derrida, published a manifesto invoking the notion of a ?core Europe,? distinct from both the British and the ?new? European candidates for EU membership, and defined above all by its secular, Enlightenment and social-democratic traditions. A key component of the manifesto was its insistence on the need for a counterweight to the perceived influence of the ...
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Shortly after the hostilities of the Iraq War were declared to have come to an end, the renowned philosopher Jurgen Habermas, with the endorsement of Jacques Derrida, published a manifesto invoking the notion of a “core Europe,” distinct from both the British and the “new” European candidates for EU membership, and defined above all by its secular, Enlightenment and social-democratic traditions. A key component of the manifesto was its insistence on the need for a counterweight to the perceived influence of the US, a theme that also resonates in recent discussions about the establishment of a European military force outside the command structures of NATO.

On the same weekend in May 2003, a number of other leading intellectuals, among them Umberto Eco, Gianni Vattimo and Richard Rorty, published essays addressing these themes in major European newspapers, and almost immediately responses to these essays began to appear. The writings sparked a lively debate about the nature of “Europe” and transatlantic relations that reverberates through contemporary discussion.

This volume provides readers in the Anglophone world the opportunity to gain access to the debate. As the fallout from the Iraq war continues to rumble and EU expansion continues apace, this is compelling reading for anyone interested in the future of Europe and the transatlantic alliance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844675203
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Levy works in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York–Stony Brook.

Max Pensky is Professor of Philosophy at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

John Torpey teaches in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Jacques Derrida was Director of Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. English translations of his work include Given Time, Memories of the Blind, Specters of Marx, The Politics of Friendship, and The Gift of Death.

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the author of Foucault’s Pendulum, The Name of the Rose, and other international bestsellers. He lives in Milan, Italy.

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Table of Contents

1 The initial salvos, May 31, 2003
February 15, or, what binds Europeans together : plea for a common foreign policy, beginning in core Europe 3
An uncertain Europe between rebirth and decline 14
'Core Europe' : thoughts about the European identity 21
The European Union faces the major points of its development 28
Humiliation or solidarity? 34
Europe, both needed and in need 41
2 Initial responses
The end of Europe 47
Are we reasonable? 53
Foreign policy turned inside out 59
Europeans, Americans, and the exception of France 64
The ghosts of the chocolate summit 67
The European Union and the United States : the values we defend - a response to Riotta 72
How big is the European dwarf? 74
The view from up top : core Europe from the Scandinavian perspective 80
The organizing power 84
Between sovereignty and human rights : juxtaposing American and European tradition 91
A great innovation of our times : as a worldwide recognized role model, Europe does not need a constitution 95
Wild, cunning, exotic : the East will completely shake up Europe 103
The day of the know-it-alls 107
Habermas has too much confidence in Europe 114
Let the United States be strong! : Europe remains a mid-size power : a response to Jurgen Habermas 120
Please don't be so sensitive : Jurgen Habermas continues arguing for Europe in Berlin 128
At the flea market : Europe's refusal to be defined by its antiques 133
Europe has to Europeanize itself : the pothole 137
The renewal of Europe : response to Habermas 141
First Kant, now Habermas : a Polish perspective on 'core Europe' 146
De-centering the project of global democracy 153
Who came up with the idea of a 'core Europe'? 160
3 Further reflections
The Iraq War : critical reflections from 'Old Europe' 167
Power and weakness in a world risk society 186
Anti-Americanism in Europe : from elite disdain to political force 198
Literature is freedom : speech on the occasion of the award of the Peace Prize of the German Booksellers Association, Frankfurt Book Fair, October 2003 208
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