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Nation and State Vs. Europe: When the Sum of the Parts Is Larger Than the Whole

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Josef Joffe, Regents Lecturer, Institute of Governmental Studies

Institute of European Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies


Brexit, the endless crisis of the euro and the suspension of „Schengenland“ are the symptoms of renationalization. So is the rise of anti-European populism - even in Germany, the traditional engine of integration. As always in its 65-years history, the EU will muddle through. But for all of its resilience, it cannot not transcend the nation-state and evolve into an „e pluribus unum.“ This lecture seeks to explain why „ever closer union“ will not lead to a United States of Europe.

Josef Joffe is publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. He is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post, Time and Newsweek. In 2007, he was appointed Senior Fellow of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. A visiting professor of political science at Stanford since 2004, he is also a fellow of the University's Hoover Institution. He has also taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the University of Munich.


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