Project Europe: Work-in-Progress
The Virtual Coffee Break on the Alumniportal Deutschland
Topic: On a viable European Union: some considerations
A static EU would be an inauspicious EU. That the European project has a future is certainly not a self-evident given; this future relies upon the decisions that would guarantee it — or upon an inactivity that could sentence it to rather dim prospects.
That being the case, which would be the central topics one would have to take into consideration in the desire to turn the European work-in-progress into a viable and future-oriented reality in the face of continuous and ever-growing challenges?
This short presentation argues that the following clusters of topics would lie at the centre of such an enquiry:
- real union in democratic diversity — an actual separation of European powers, debt mutualization, transparency and full visibility of decision-making processes;
- decentralisation and abandoning the 'our gains/your losses' mentality for good;
- ecological sustainability as a top priority, with a pronounced disdain for the industrial grudges that this would entail; and, last but not least,
- a re-examination of Europe's historical, cultural, and religious/secular self-understanding.
These are questions, not answers. Perhaps this particular prioritisation of questions misses the point; what is guaranteed, however, is that the autopilot mentality and autopilot statecraft of the EU certainly misses the point — if not the future.
Join us in a virtual discussion about Europe with Dr Sotiris Mitralexis.
When: December 3, 15:00 - 16:30 (CET)
Event language: English
(Membership in the community required)
Dr Sotiris Mitralexis
Dr Sotiris Mitralexis is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester. He is a DAAD Alumnus and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin, a doctorate in political science and international relations from the University of the Peloponnese, a doctorate in theology/religious studies from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a degree in classics from the University of Athens.
Mitralexis has been Seeger Fellow at Princeton University, Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Visiting Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge, Visiting Fellow at the University of Erfurt, Teaching Fellow at the University of Athens and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Istanbul Sehir University. His publications include the monograph Ever-Moving Repose (Cascade, 2017) and, inter alia, the edited volumes Ludwig Wittgenstein Between Analytic Philosophy and Apophaticism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher (Cascade, 2017), Polis, Ontology, Ecclesial Event (James Clarke & Co, 2018), Between Being and Time (Fortress, 2019) and Slavoj Žižek and Christianity (Routledge, 2019), as well as books in Greek.
About the event format
The Virtual Coffee Break is an interactive format that takes place regularly on the Alumniportal Deutschland. Speakers are Germany-Alumni who give a short input presentation on various topics and then answer questions from the participants. To enable exchange and fruitful discussions, the number of participants is limited.
This is an exclusive event for the members of the community. Alumniportal Deutschland membership is required to participate. The Virtual Coffee Breaks take place as Zoom meeting. Participation is also possible via a web browser (preferably Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome) and without a Zoom account.
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