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War or utopia

Lecture by Srećko Horvat

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Europe is on the verge of a tectonic shift. Which are its possible futures? Will it resemble the horrors of the past? Or can a renewed utopian vision light the way forward? In this lecture, writer and political activist Srećko Horvat offers us a trip through Europe's possible futures.

Only a year ago, most people believed that Brexit couldn’t happen and that there was no way that Donald Trump would become President of the United States. Today, this is our reality. What if we are hanging on to a similar disavowal regarding the collapse of the European Union? Taken together, the deepening crisis of the Euro, the refugee crisis, the rise of the extreme right, terrorist attacks from Paris to Istanbul and the Italian referendum suggest that Europe is on the verge of a tectonic shift.

The European project was forged in the ruins of war with the hope of preventing all of these from ever dividing the world again. With the French, Dutch and German elections on the horizon, it is entering a decisive year. This lecture by Croatian philosopher and activist Srećko Horvat offers a roller-coaster ride through Europe’s possible future. Will it resemble the horrors of the past? Or can a renewed utopian vision light the way forward?

Presenters: Antonio Monegal

Participants: Srećko Horvat

This activity is part of Old Europe, New Utopias, The Barcelona Debate

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