What does europe want the union and its discontents
What Does Europe Want?: The Union and its Discontents by Slavoj ZizekDespite the fact that the European Union faces the biggest crisis since its foundation, on July 1st, 2013, a new state joined the club. For the foreseeable future, Croatia will probably be the last to join; at the same time creating a barrier between the once connected states of the Balkans. Paraphrasing Freud’s famous question - ‘What does a woman want?’ - one of the greatest European philosophers of our day, Slavoj Zizek, joins forces with the young Croatian philosopher, Srecko Horvat, to examine the burning question ‘What does Europe want?’.
Instead of a peace-project, the European Union is increasingly turning into a warzone: whether it be the expulsion of immigrants or riots in Paris and London, or European interventions to bring “more democracy” to Libya or Syria. Instead of leaving Europe to the enemies, Zizek and Horvat reflect on the fight for a different Idea of Europe; one that embraces all its peoples equally.
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What Does Europe Want?: The Union and its Discontents
What Does Europe Want? Add to Cart. To general observers, the European Union's economic woes appear to be its greatest problem, but the real peril is an ongoing ideological—political crisis that threatens an era of instability and reactionary brutality. The fall of communism in seemed to end the leftist program of universal emancipation. However, nearly a quarter of a century later, the European Union has failed to produce any coherent vision that can mobilize people to action. Until recently, the only ideology receptive to European workers has been the nationalist call to "defend" against immigrant integration. Today, Europe is focused on regulating the development of capitalism and promoting a reactionary conception of its cultural heritage.