Beyond Bookkeeping. Reimagining Europe in times of crisis

Session #4 Presentation  |  Friday, June 28  | 12:00-13:30
Auditorium Maximum JU (Aula Mała)

Sub-Theme: Europe’s place in a global setting: unified, divided, multi-track or simply lost?

Lars Klein

photo by Maxence Peniguet | Flickr

The ongoing crisis in Europe has been framed in many ways: as a financial crisis, the Euro-crisis as well as a political crisis. This presentation offers a brief anatomy of the crisis and raises the argument that the crisis in Europe is indeed a political crisis that has been worsened by the reactions of politicians and the media. Europe has been framed as if being without is without alternatives: a Europe that is equivalent to the EU, an EU that fails if the Euro fails and a Euro that fails if Greece fails. A discussion of the options and the ideas of a different Europe will ensue.

The questions that are addressed here are: What alternate view of Europe could there be? Would it be possible anyhow to establish one or has the handling of the crisis done too much harm to any other idea and narrative of Europe (especially in countries like Greece and Spain)? Is there any idea of how people can feel and actually be included?
For many of these questions there is no obvious answer, but these are topics that, in the author’s view, must be addressed. What the author proposes is a change in the balance of power in the EU (i.e. towards the parliament) and a different understanding of what it means to be a citizen in Europe.

Photo-Lars Klein

PhD Lars Klein

Lars Klein is Senior Lecturer for Euroculture at the University of Göttingen. He studied North American Studies and Philosophy at the FU Berlin and in Basel and holds a PhD in Modern and Contemporary History from the University of Göttingen. He has worked for the Kennedy-Institute, FU Berlin, the University of Braunschweig and the Berghof Research Center, Berlin. Visiting scholar at different universities, including Georgetown University, Indiana University and University of Pune. His research interests include History of the media and war reporting, Generational theories as well as European identity and memory.