The European Illusion
Record poverty in southern Europe, fences and guns in response to refugees, Brexit on the horizon - the European Union is facing the deepest crisis in its history. But does the EU have the potential to become the "social and democratic Europe" that has been presented to us as a political ideal for decades? In order to answer these questions, it is necessary to demystify many of our most beloved images of the EU. We must shatter the European illusion - because at its core are competition and neoliberal economic policy. Changing this would be nearly impossible. But if the EU cannot be saved and a return to the nation state is no solution, what then?