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.

New book

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.

The book is a frontline narrative of Europe’s crisis years, a cool assessment of the Union’s event-driven political metamorphosis, and a plea to bring in the voices of opposition. It draws on five years of up-close political experience, followed by two years of reading, thinking, writing and rewriting. The Dutch original appeared in September 2017 as De nieuwe politieke van Europa at Historische Uitgeverij.

Latest essays

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Le MondeSeptember 22nd, 2018

Un long entretien dans Le Monde sur la situation de la démocratie en Hongrie, à propos du vote au Parlement européen pour lancer l’Art. 7 de l’UE contre le gouvernement-Orban.

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ClingendaelSeptember 1st, 2018

With Brexit and Trump, the Dutch need to take a new look at their neighbors and find a new geopolitical compass. Essay co-authored with Monika Sie Dhian Ho, originally published in NRC.

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The GuardianMarch 25th, 2017

The union’s 60th birthday is not a moment for gifts and cake, but for reinvention around three new strategic ideas.

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InternacionalMarch 22nd, 2017

Los retos de la UE son proteger las fronteras, tomar decisiones improvisadas y tolerar la oposición

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Upcoming events

La Nuit des Idées Face au Présent Conversation 31.01 Antwerp (BE) 19:00 - 20:00 in cooperation with La Nuit des Idées venue: Café M HKA Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen
Quand l’Europe improvise 07.02 Lille (FR) 16:00 - 18:00 venue: Université catholique de Lille (FR)
Salon du Livre de Paris Conversation avec l’ancien ministre Hubert Védrine — Quelle Europe voulons-nous? 17.03 Paris (FR) 12:00 - 13:00 venue: Salon du Livre Porte de Versailles - Pavillon 1 - Paris, France
Jean Monnet lecture 28.03 Maastricht (NL) venue: Maastricht University Aula Minderbroedersberg 4-6

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