Skip to main content


Olga Tokarczuk, J. M. Coetzee, Enzo Traverso, Olivette Otele, Lea Ypi, Srećko Horvat, Edurne Portela, Blanca Garcés, Mathias Énard and Valerie Miles reflect on the meaning of Europe today.

Today, more than 60 years after its creation, the European Union is facing major challenges that threaten some of its founding values. For the younger generations, the impulse that gave birth to the project, deeply marked by the specter of World War II and the demand to build peace on the continent, is still far away. This series sets out to imagine a new meaning for Europe, recovering and expanding the confidence in the future of its beginnings. Accompanied by leading voices of philosophy and thought, we will delve into the lessons we can learn from common history, from war and fascism, and we will explore the meanings of the words «border» and «freedom». Through literature, we will imagine new narratives that will explore the diversity and complexity of our times and open up new horizons for the future of the continent.

With the participation of Nobel Prize winners Olga Tokarczuk and J. M. Coetzee, historians Enzo Traverso and Olivette Otele, philosophers Lea Ypi and Srećko Horvat, writers Edurne Portela and Mathias Énard, political scientist Blanca Garcés and editor Valerie Miles.

This series is organized in the framework of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU and is supported by the Office for the Spanish Presidency of the EU.

Related contents

See all the content

J. M. Coetzee and Valerie Miles

Europe and the world outside

The 2003 Nobel Literature Laureate J. M. Coetzee talks with writer and editor Valerie Miles about the visions of Europe in extra-European literature; the place of Russia inside (or outside) Europe; and the spread of English as a world language.

Watch the video

Enzo Traverso

Europe, laboratory of ideas

The twentieth century often appears in shared memory as one of the most violent periods in the history of Europe, but its intellectual and political legacy also contains a host of voices that have expanded the frontiers of thought in the quest for justice and emancipation. The historian Enzo ...

Watch the video

Previous activities

Enzo Traverso

Europe, Laboratory of Ideas

J. M. Coetzee and Valerie Miles

Europe and the World Outside

Olivette Otele and Blanca Garcés

New and Old Frontiers

Mathias Énard and Edurne Portela

A Continent Made of Words

Show more

Lea Ypi and Srećko Horvat

The Paths of Freedom

Olga Tokarczuk

Literature, the Oldest of Continents

Organised by



With the support of