Can Europe Make It?

Saving Europe: reformulating the rules

A Europe of welfare states, relatively free and democratic, with social provisions that allow for more emancipation and personal sovereignty: this must be saved, through a citizens’ pact to strive for more democracy. But first, we must face up to the full scale of the crisis. (Video, 25 minutes).

Rui Tavares
6 February 2014

This video comes from the event 'Enacting Citizenship in times of Crisis' that the Oecumene team held in Brussels, on March 27, 2013.

This video comes from the event 'Enacting Citizenship in times of Crisis' that the Oecumene team held in Brussels, on March 27, 2013.

The aim of the morning session held at the European Parliament was to initiate a debate on how European citizenship is constructed, and how it can become genuinely open. Rui Tavares MEP responds to the earlier presentations made by Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), and Engin Isin (Open University).

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