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At the onset of the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union, Luuk van Middelaar gave a wide-ranging interview to Hospodářské noviny in which he reflects on the unity of Europeans in the context of the war in Ukraine and the lessons they learned from decades of crises. He also touches upon the meaning of rotating presidencies as unique learning spaces.
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As the debate about Ukraine candidate status is heating up, Hans Kribbe and Luuk van Middelaar argue in this piece for the Economist that instead of non-committal and misleading language on EU membership, EU leaders can offer a lighter pan-European structure for Ukraine. An organisation able to prove that Ukraine belongs in the European family of democratic states in a way that’s real, meaningful and immediate.
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Luuk van Middelaar spoke with France 24 in a long-format interview as part of the Talking Europe series.
Taking a bird’s-eye view of current events in Europe, Luuk van Middelaar addresses the EU’s approach to the major crises of the past decade. He also assesses the extent to which the EU has found a new “self-confidence” following the Covid-19 crisis which has strengthened the bloc’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Two weeks into the Russian war, Luuk van Middelaar shared his thoughts on Europe’s historic moment. Notwithstanding the swift and robust decisions to punish Russia and support Ukraine, perhaps more needs to be done for Europe to cross the Rubicon of geopolitics. This essay was published in four languages at the eve of the EU Summit in Versailles.
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In October 2021, Agenda Publishing published the English edition of Pandemonium: Saving Europe, Luuk’s assessment of Europe’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. At the occasion of the launch, the author entered into conversation with Steven Erlanger (New York Times) at BOZAR, as part of the series “Meet the Writer”. The German edition of the book was published by Suhrkamp Verlag (April) and the Dutch one by Historische Uitgeverij (September).
Au printemps 2021, Luuk van Middelaar a eu l’occasion d’inaugurer le nouveau Cycle Europe au Collège de France à Paris.
Dans une série de quatre conférences prononcées sur place entre le 24 mars et le 14 avril, il a abordé le réveil géopolitique de l’Europe — à travers les thèmes de la frontière (Turquie, Russie), de la rareté (Chine), de la solitude (Etats-Unis) et du récit. Les conférences ont ensuite été diffusées à la radio et “podcastées” par France Culture : à découvrir ici.
En janvier 2022, les Editions du Collège de France ont publié le livre que l’auteur en a tiré : Le Réveil géopolitique de l’Europe.