What Does Europe Want?: The Union and its Discontents
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Despite the fact that the European Union faces the biggest crisis since its foundation, on July 1st, 2013, a new state joined the club. For the foreseeable future, Croatia will probably be the last to join; at the same time creating a barrier between the once connected states of the Balkans. Paraphrasing Freud's famous question - 'What does a woman want?' - one of the greatest European philosophers of our day, Slavoj iek, joins forces with the young Croatian philosopher, Srecko Horvat, to examine the burning question 'What does Europe want?'. Instead of a peace-project, the European Union is increasingly turning into a warzone: whether it be the expulsion of immigrants or riots in Paris and London, or European interventions to bring "more democracy" to Libya or Syria. Instead of leaving Europe to the enemies, iek and Horvat reflect on the fight for a different Idea of Europe; one that embraces all its peoples equally.
economy is sinking further, and the taxes are obviously not collected, for the simple reason that the Greek citizens are unable to pay them. The reduction of spending has now reached the core of social integrity, creating the conditions of a humanitarian crisis. In other words, we are now talking about people who are reduced to eating rubbish and sleeping on the pavements, about pensioners who can not aﬀord to buy bread, of households without electricity, of patients who are unable to aﬀord
completely irrelevant and ridiculous group of lunatics trying to use the ﬁnancial crisis to gain support, yet step by step it turned into a powerful weapon of a totalitarian vision of Europe. Regardless of all political and economical parallels and predispositions between the ﬁnancial crisis of 2008 and the crisis of 1929, we have to be careful when comparing the present-day situation to the historical moment when the Nazis came to power. Nevertheless, it might well be dangerous to dismiss the
simultaneously ‘experience’ a battle in the Iraqi desert and an opera performance in Beijing; when, in a global digital network, time is nothing but speed, instantaneity, and simultaneity; when a winner in a reality TV-show counts as a great hero of a people; then, yes, there still looms like a spectre over all this uproar the question: what for? – where to? – and what then? Everybody who is minimally acquainted with Heidegger will, of course, easily recognise in this paragraph an ironic
X, in praise of its struggle against the Turks. Realising that title anew before its entrance to the EU, Croatia has introduced a visa for Turkish citizens, as required by the EU, and causing Turkey to reciprocate in turn, by reintroduced visas for Croatian citizens. However, as in the cases of Romania and Bulgaria, we should know that joining the EU does not necessarily mean entering the ‘Schengen’ zone. This is best conﬁrmed by none other than Manuel Barroso, when at the end of 2012 he gave an
Only a few days after Margaret Thatcher died, a leading Croatian newspaper published an article echoing the famous Heideggerian motto Nur noch ein Gott kann uns retten (‘Only a God Can Save Us’). The obituary was written by a former minister of ﬁnance during Tuđman’s government and the ‘Transition-period’, who is infamous for declaring that ‘privatisation is a very diﬃcult operation, and your suit cannot stay clean. You will come out of it with some stains. But somebody had to do it’. The title