"When Princess Europa was kidnapped by Zeus in bull’s disguise, her father, Agenor, King of Tyre, sent his sons in search of his lost daughter. One of them, Cadmon, sailed to Rhodes. In Delphi he asked the Oracle about his sister’s whereabouts. On that specific point Pythia, true to her habit, was evasive -but she obliged Cadmon with practical advice: "you won’t find her. Better get yourself a cow, follow it and push it forward, don’t allow it to rest; at the spot where it falls from exhaustion, build a town".
Zygmunt Bauman



dimecres, de maig 30, 2018

At Home in One's Past (DEMOS 2017-2018)

(Published by Demos, 30.05.18) 

The think tank DEMOS has released its massive report on Nostalgia as a political force in Europe. It's been absolutely fantastic to work with Sophie Gaston and Sacha Hillhorst, the authors of the rapport. It's been equally an honour to be the research partner of DEMOS in France. Further information below, the full report and highlights at the end. 

"An appeal to a glorious past has been a prominent feature of European politics in recent years. While there are common elements to the nostalgic discourses seen across European politics, nostalgic narratives are clearly heavily mediated and contextualised by a nation’s esoteric cultural and historical background. This report sets out the findings of our qualitative and quantitative research into nostalgia in contemporary Great Britain, France and Germany – three leading European nations in which the past feels ever-present.

Methodologically, we gather in this report a large suite of academic, quantitative and qualitative research, including original surveys. In particular, we present the insights gained from an extensive suite of citizen focus groups conducted in cities and towns throughout England, France and Germany, which together provide a comprehensive illustration of the many contributing factors behind commonly held anxieties about the present, and apprehension towards the future. We contextualise these through researching the employment of nostalgia as a rhetorical device in each country’s contemporary political cultures, particularly focusing on recent political campaigns, and through interviews on this subject with leading political figures, campaigners and commentators.

Reflecting on what this research reveals regarding the role of nostalgia as a cultural and political force, a number of conclusions can be drawn. 

  • Britain, France and Germany are experiencing profound level of social, economic and cultural transformation, and the breadth and depth of this change has been alienating for many citizens to the extent that many feel unwilling or even incapable of looking to the future.
  • Each country holds a varied and complex history of nostalgic narratives, some of which have gained renewed salience in a period in which citizens no longer accept a doctrine of progress. 
  • These narratives are being skilfully harnessed by insurgent politicians of varied ideological inclinations to galvanise a force of protest against the status quo, rejecting a vision for the future that positions citizens as passive in the process of change. 
  • Those who benefit from citizens’ anxieties about change are those peddling the promise of ‘control’, not just over immigration, or laws, or even whether the national flag is displayed with gusto, but over time itself. Time is presented as a wild and unruly force, which can be secured, regained, and tamed. 
  • The cost of mainstream politicians failing to respond to these developments may well be our societies becoming more exclusionary and less communal, underpinned by a more desperate, dangerous form of social competition – in short, the imperilling of our liberal democracies."

The report can be downloaded in full here. The executive summary, summarising the research findings, can be downloaded here."

dimarts, de maig 08, 2018

Macron, año 1 (Europa Abierta)

(Entrevista publicadas en Cinco Continentes y Europa Abierta con Carlos Navarro y Núria Sans, 08.05.18) 

Este 7 de mayo se cumple un año del triunfo electoral de Emmanuel Macron en Francia. En tan sólo un año ha puesto en marcha diversas reformas en su país que han provocado diversas protestas sociales y también ha despertado a Europa con su profundo europeísmo. Son cuestiones que aborda el reportaje de nuestro compañero Guillaume Bontoux. Pero, además Macron ha sido acreedor del Premio Carlomagno, que le será entregado el próximo día 10, un asunto que abordamos con nuestro corresponsal en Bruselas, Antonio Delgado

PD: Y enormes felicidades a Carlos y Núria por el premio Salvador de Madariaga en 2018! El Premio, creado por la Asociación de Periodistas Europeos distingue cada año, desde hace veinticuatro, el mejor periodismo europeo hecho por medios españoles de prensa, radio y televisión. El galardón cuenta con la colaboración de la Comisión y el Parlamento Europeos en España.

diumenge, d’abril 29, 2018

Especial euroescepticismo (La Vanguardia)

(La Vanguardia, 29.04.18) 

Artículo de Laura Aragó y Carles Villalonga, publicado en La Vanguardia (29.04.18), con opiniones desde distintas capitales europeas. "Así ha ganado terreno el euroescepticismo en cada uno de los países de la UE".

dilluns, de desembre 25, 2017

Le Pari de l'Avenir (ESSAI)

(Collectif, Institut Viavoice, Décembre 2017)

Face à l'ampleur des mutations qui viennent, il apparaît indispensable de prolonger l'idée de l'avenir en un véritable pari : perpétuelle exigence d'analyse, effort d'intelligence, veille tenace du sensible, audaces collectives. Désormais, l'idée de l'avenir appelle à devenir un pari.
En France, la prospective souffre d'un répertoire d'idées reçues qui pénalise l'idée même de nos projections collectives dans l'avenir. C'est la raison pour laquelle nous entendons briser ces a priori, et réhabiliter l'idée de prospective, qui souffre d'une multitude de clichés la reléguant au rang d'ouvrage de science-fiction.
La prospective réunit deux mots : la prospection, qui fait référence à l'exploration de la nouveauté, et la perspective, induisant une notion de futur mais aussi de point de vue. La prospective est ainsi l'étude des possibles. Elle croise diverses disciplines comme la littérature, la sociologie, l'histoire, l'économie ou encore la géopolitique. Ce petit manifeste propose de découvrir autrement la prospective et son utilité, qui n'est pas de prédire l'avenir, mais d'établir différents scénarii afin de se préparer pour demain.

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dimecres, de desembre 13, 2017

Launch research stream: European Public Opinion (CIDOB)

(Conference, CIDOB, 13.12.17)  

Full programme here

The debate regarding the attachment and appropriation of the European project by European citizens has been a key issue since the European Constitutional Treaty in 2005. The period 2008-2016 and the Union’s existential crisis throughout those years only confirmed that the project is confronted more than ever with the question of legitimacy. 
At the same, this period has been marked paradoxically by some profound changes regarding the way that our national public opinions analyse, reflect and take part in the European public debate. Are we witnessing the beginning of a credible continental public sphere? Is there any qualitative and quantitative way to assess if public opinions have gained a sort of European consciousness throughout this period? 
The seminar will address this question by looking at three areas that are considered to play a key role in current Europeanisation: European education, pan-European information habits, and politicisation of the European elections since 2014. The seminar is the first one of a long-term research initiative focused on the emergence of a ‘European Public Opinion’ in three areas: education, journalism and elections. More globally, the research stream will run in parallel of the so-called Leaders Agenda launched by Donald Tusk until 2019, prompting the question about the need to involve citizens and public opinion before the next Treaty reform.

dilluns, de novembre 13, 2017

Elogio del miedo (europeo)

(Publicado en Beers & Politics, Monográfico 03 sobre la UE, Noviembre 2017) 

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Mongráfico 03


Hacia un renacimiento cultural: ¿Procedimientos o valores compartidos? ALBERTO J. GIL IBÁÑEZ / Web / PDF
La ilusión europeísta se alimenta de futuro. ENRIQUE FEÁS / Web / PDF
No hay ciudadanía europea sin comunicación. JAUME DUCH / Web / PDF
A la búsqueda de la narrativa perdida. ANA POLO / Web / PDF
La UE necesita restablecer el contrato social. ELISEO OLIVERAS / Web / PDF
Elogio del miedo (europeo). DÍDAC GUTIÉRREZ-PERIS / Web / PDF

Volver a enamorar desde la política exterior. POL MORILLAS / Web / PDF
Un Presidente para Europa. ALBERT AIXALÀ / Web / PDF
Admirar a Europa. SUSANA DEL RÍO VILLAR / Web / PDF
La Europa de la ciudadanía frente a los mercados. JUANJO ÁLVAREZ / Web / PDF
La Unión Europea y la imagen de sí misma: la necesidad de un cambio urgente. ASTRID PORTERO / Web / PDF
La Unión Europea: ¿un proyecto viable en el siglo XXI? SALVADOR PERCASTRE / Web / PDF
Una Europa social y federal que gane el futuro. EDUARDO BAYÓN / Web / PDF
Cinco tensiones europeas mal resueltas. MANUEL RODRÍGUEZ MORILLO / Web / PDF
Europa, cariño, lo nuestro no funciona. ALEXANDRA VALLUGERA / Web / PDF
Hacia un “Nuevo Mundo” europeo. RICARDO GÓMEZ LAORGA / Web / PDF
Humanízala, siéntela, ejemplifícala y, después, cuéntamela. ÁNGELA PALOMA MARTÍN / Web / PDF

Recomendamos / PDF

dissabte, de novembre 11, 2017

#EUChallenge (CIDOB)

(Conference, CIDOB, 10.10.17)

Full programme here

Contrary to the initial fears, the most catastrophic scenario on the disintegration of the EU has been avoided. The challenge of reforming the Union, however, lies ahead.The year 2017 has been decisive for the European project. After the UK becoming the first country that voluntarily decided to leave the European Union, in 2017 four key member states –the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom and Germany- will have held elections just after celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.  In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders, carrying a Europhobic and anti-Islam message, threatened to bring the “international populist alliance” to his country, after the victories of Trump and Brexit. In France, Marine Le Pen promised to reintroduce the national currency and a referendum on France's membership to the EU. The proposals of Le Pen and Wilders were both defeated in the polls and, with Macron’s victory, a pro-European antidote has emerged.  In June, Theresa May held early elections to take advantage of the alleged Labour's weakness and obtain a large majority in the parliament legitimising her hard Brexit. It did not work and, since then, the Brexitmandate is less clear. Finally, in Germany, the re-election of Merkel will set the scene for the reform of the EU and the re-establishment of the Franco-German axis. The only uncertainty is coming from the role that her probable allies of the potential Jamaican coalition will play.  This seminar will analyse the extent to which these elections have shaped the European agenda and their impact for the future of the EU.