Is the EU a civilisational project? Does being European mean being white?

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Is the EU a civilisational project? Does being European mean being white?

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Online Event
Hans Kundnani (Chatham House)
Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Dahrendorf Programme

Dahrendorf Programme ‘Europe’s Stories’ Seminar

Hans Kundnani writes: “Historically, being European meant being white. After World War II, a new European identity emerged around the European Union, but it too had a civilising mission and was based on forgetting the history of European colonialism and its relationship with European integration. More recently, as ‘pro-Europeans’ have become more defensive, there has been a civilisational turn in the European project.”

Hans Kundnani is Senior Research Fellow in the Europe Programme at Chatham House. Before joining Chatham House in 2018, he was Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Research Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is also Associate Fellow at the Institute for German Studies at Birmingham University. In 2016 he was a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington DC. He is the author of The Paradox of German Power (2014), which has been translated into German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. He studied German and Philosophy at Oxford University and Journalism at Columbia University in New York, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

This online event will be chaired by Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College, Oxford), with initial responses from the 2021 Dahrendorf Scholars Iyone Agboraw, Laura Ballerini and David Saveliev.

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