Backlight: Eurotopia

The European Union is morally and culturally bankrupt, according to German philosopher and historian Ulrike Guérot. More...

Documentary - Current Affairs & Politics

48'

The European Union is morally and culturally bankrupt, according to German philosopher and historian Ulrike Guérot. Time to carry the EU project to its grave. Guérot envisions a European republic that consists of 50 regions around clusters of big cities, with a recognizable identity and shared economic and cultural interest. A decisive Europe that reinvents itself.

To German philosopher and historian Ulrike Guérot, innovation of the EU project is crucial. With her book Why Europe Must Become a Republic, she positions herself in a tradition of politically utopian thinkers. After having worked for almost twenty years on the building of the European Union, within various EU think tanks, it all suddenly became clear to her during the bailout of Cyprus in 2013: this Europe is bankrupt. Subsequently, one crisis followed the other: Greece, Brexit, refugees. With the capper being the election year we’re facing in Germany, France and the Netherlands, while Brussels doesn’t have a clear answer to the increasing criticism by the growing populist parties.

Documentary
Britta Hosman
2017
VPRO
48'
VPRO
 
 
 

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