2017 Memorial Lecture DJU

On 1 November 2017 at the Red House in Sofia the political scientist Ivan Krastev delivered a public lecture as part of the memorial lectures “DJU”, organized by the Centre for Liberal Strategies to commemorate Yulia Gurkovska. After Europe, a public lecture by Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies The lecture presents the main topics from his latest book After Europe ” (UPenn Press, 2017). The вook is also published in Germany, France, Russia, Poland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Bulgaria, and is forthcoming in other European countries.

For Europeans, the European Union had been one such natural world, writes Ivan Krastev. It no longer is. At the end of 2016, devastated by Brexit and unsettled by Donald Trump’s victory in the American presidential election, many Europeans fell into despair. They had become resigned to the notion that the European Union’s moment in history was over. Six months later, nothing was different, yet everything has changed. Should we be worried by the fragility of Europe or should we be impressed by its resilience? Close study of the history of political disintegration reveals that the art of survival is one of constant improvisation. Flexibility—not rigidity—is what may yet save Europe. The future of the EU, says Ivan Krastev, is an open-ended story.

Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His latest books in English are "After Europe" (Upenn Press, 2017); Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, May 2014); “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?” (TED Books, 2013). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics.