The year 2014 is the year of commemoration of the beginning of World War I, when nationalism in Europe peaked and revealed its destructive power. The European elections being held in this year of commemoration of the "seminal catastrophe of the 20th century" (George F. Kennan) constitute a great challenge in light of the crisis of the European Union and the resurgence of nationalist tendencies in some European countries. Will widespread frustration over European policy be reflected in the European elections? Will there be an upswing for the nationalist parties? Or will democratic forces be able to give new strength to the idea of European unity, which became a reality in response to the disasters of the 20th century? In his presentation Pascal Perrineau will discuss these and other key issues for the development of political power in advance of the European elections.
Pascal Perrineau, born in 1950, is a specialist in the analysis of political attitudes and behavior and the development of political parties and power relations, in particular with regard to the right-wing parties and movements in France and in Europe.
Time and Location
- Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 6–8 p.m.; the lecture will be given in French with simultaneous translation to German.
- Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität Berlin (Lecture Halll B), Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin; subway: Thielplatz (U3)