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.


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

Book launch
March 14, 2019
Waterstones, Brussels (BE)

Book presentation of Alarums and Excursions

venue: Waterstones, Boulevard Adolphe Max 71-75, 1000 Bruxelles — from 17.30 until 19.00

May 9-11, 2019
Denver (CO)

EUSA International Biennial Conference

Leading EU Studies scholars gather to share their work.

in cooperation with European Union Studies Association
venue: Sheraton Denver Downtown 1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202, Verenigde Staten


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


RTBF 43 minutes 17.11.18

Le Grand Oral de Luuk van Middelaar

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


Alarums and Excursions

“An elegantly-written study of how European Union politics changed in response to the dramatic political events of recent years. The book combines the inside knowledge of a participant in the theatre of European politics with the critical distance of the political theorist. It is neither a partisan defence of the European Union nor a pessimistic prophecy of doom, but a cool analysis of the role of European institutional structures and of key personalities.”

– Bruno De Witte, Professor of European Law, Maastricht University and European University Institute

February 2019
Paris (FR)

Quand l’Europe improvise

in cooperation with Maison Heinrich Heine
venue: Cité internationale universitaire de Paris 27 C, Boulevard Jourdan F – 75014 Paris


Luuk Van Middelaar – Quand l’Europe improvise : dix ans de crises politiques

France Culture , Avis critique par Raphaël Bourgois