Luuk van Middelaar is a political theorist and historian. The author of the prizewinning The Passage to Europe, he now publishes Alarums and Excursions (2019), a groundbreaking account of the Union’s crisis politics.

In October 2018, my latest book has been published in French by Gallimard under the title Quand l’Europe improvise: dix ans de crises politiques (Collection Le Débat). The English translation will appear at Agenda Publishing, in March 2019, as Alarums and Excursions.

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French book launch at BOZAR
Conversation with political philosopher Marcel Gauchet and author and journalist Florence Autret.

Comment raconter L’Europe? Images, Tabous, Pouvoirs:

Part I: Introduction
Part II: Événements
Part III: Pouvoirs

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Alarums and Excursions

“Whatever our future relationship with the EU, our prosperity will be hugely dependent on understanding what it is, how it works, where it might be headed and what crises, beyond Brexit, it is trying to surmount. This book is a truly brilliant guide on all. An extraordinary combination of clear-sighted, forensic and sober analysis.  Clever and subtle, it avoids all the fatuous lazy generalisations – about federalism, supranationalism and intergovernmental relations – which so bedevil much UK debate, and points to the reforms which will really be needed if the EU is to surmount the most formidable set of challenges it has faced since it was formed.”

– Sir Ivan Rogers, British Ambassador to the EU, 2013-2017

London Book Launch
March 21
UCL, London (UK)

Book presentation of Alarums and Excursions

venue: UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom — from 18:00 until 19:30

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Alarums and Excursions

“Lively and well-informed … offers thought-provoking insights into the European Union, its ways of working and its many challenges, both historical and contemporary.”

– Prof Dame Helen Wallace FBA

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Alarums and Excursions

“Quite simply the most insightful book on Europe’s politics today. A unique blend of behind-the-scenes knowledge, compelling ideas and powerful political judgement.”

– Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

Dublin Book Launch
March 26
IIEA, Dublin (IR)

Book presentation of Alarums and Excursions

venue: IIEA (The Institute of International and European Affairs), 8 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1, Ireland – from 12.30 until 14.00.

Video

RTBF 43 minutes 17.11.18

Le Grand Oral de Luuk van Middelaar

«L’élément caché du Brexit, c’est punir les Britanniques »”

Radio

Livre en débat – Quand l’Europe improvise : dix ans de crises politiques

France Culture, Avis critique par Raphaël Bourgois. Une émission consacrée aux livres de Luuk van Middelaar et Miguel Benasayag, avec la participation d’Alexis Lacroix (Le Point) et Olivier Pascal-Mousselard