Luuk van Middelaar is a political theorist and historian. The author of the prizewinning book The Passage to Europe, he will publish Alarums and Excursions in March (2019), a groundbreaking account of the Union’s new politics, appearing in French as Quand l’Europe improvise (2018).

New book

In October 2018, my latest book will be published in French by Gallimard under the titleQuand l’Europe improvise: dix ans de crises politiques (Collection Le Débat). Info on launch events in Paris and Brussels will follow. 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

"Quand l'Europe improvise" (French Book launch at FONDAPOL) 23.10 Paris 18:30 venue: FONDAPOL 11 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
Speech at the conference EU Constitutional Imagination Between Ideology And Utopia 01.11 Copenhagen 09:00 - 17:00 venue: University of Copenhagen Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Speech at the conference EU Constitutional Imagination Between Ideology And Utopia 02.11 Copenhagen 09:00 - 17:00 venue: University of Copenhagen Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S
"Quand l'Europe improvise" (French book launch at BOZAR) with political philosopher Marcel Gauchet and author and journalist Florence Autret. 15.11 Brussels 18:30 - 20:00 venue: BOZAR (Palais des Beaux-Arts) Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles

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