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

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


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Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Translantic Relations After the Iraq War by Daniel Levy

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. With contributions by Jurgen Habermas, Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Adolf Muschg, Richard Rorty, Fernando Savater, Gianni Vattimo, Susan Sontag, Timothy Garton Ash, Iris Marion Young, Ulrich Beck, Adam Krzeminski and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844670185
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 07/17/2005
Pages: 231
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Editors' Introductionxi
1The Initial Salvos, May 31, 2003
February 15, or, What Binds Europeans Together: Plea for a Common Foreign Policy, Beginning in Core Europe3
An Uncertain Europe Between Rebirth and Decline14
'Core Europe': Thoughts About the European Identity21
The European Union Faces the Major Points of Its Development28
Humiliation or Solidarity?34
Europe, both Needed and in Need41
2Initial Responses
The End of Europe47
Are We Reasonable?53
Foreign Policy Turned Inside Out59
Europeans, Americans, and the Exception of France64
The Ghosts of the Chocolate Summit67
The European Union and the United States: The Values We Defend - A Response to Riotta72
How Big is the European Dwarf?74
The View from Up Top: Core Europe from the Scandinavian Perspective80
The Organizing Power84
Between Sovereignty and Human Rights: Juxtaposing American and European Tradition91
A Great Innovation of Our Times: As a Worldwide Recognized Role Model, Europe Does Not Need a Constitution95
Wild, Cunning, Exotic: The East Will Completely Shake Up Europe103
The Day of the Know-It-Alls107
Habermas Has Too Much Confidence in Europe114
Let the United States Be Strong! Europe Remains a Mid-size Power: A Response to Jurgen Habermas120
Please Don't Be So Sensitive: Jurgen Habermas Continues Arguing for Europe in Berlin128
At the Flea Market: Europe's Refusal to be Defined by Its Antiques133
Europe Has to Europeanize Itself: The Pothole137
The Renewal of Europe: Response to Habermas141
First Kant, Now Habermas: A Polish Perspective on 'Core Europe'146
De-centering the Project of Global Democracy153
Who Came Up With the Idea of a 'Core Europe'?160
3Further Reflections
The Iraq War: Critical Reflections from 'Old Europe'167
Power and Weakness in a World Risk Society186
Anti-Americanism in Europe: From Elite Disdain to Political Force198
Literature is Freedom: Speech on the Occasion of the Award of the Peace Prize of the German Booksellers Association, Frankfurt Book Fair, October 2003208
Notes on Contributors223

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