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Text explanation: ‘German Europe’

Apr 25, 2013 | News

(25 April 2013) – Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute publishes an analysis of the main arguments and ideas expounded by Ulrich Beck in his latest book, ‘German Europe’.

Ideas developed are the following:

  • 1. Europe torn apart by the crisis;
  • 2. A new balance of forces in Europe;
  • 3. Germany, an accidental empire;
  • 4. The “Merkiavelli model”, or the policy of hesitation;
  • 5. A new “social contract” in Europe.

The author concludes his book wondering if we are heading towards a “European spring”.

A philosopher and a sociologist, Ulrich Beck is the author of many books, including ‘Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity’ (Sage, 1992) and, with Edgar Grande, ‘Cosmopolitan Europe’ (Polity Press, 2007). He holds a professorship at Munich University and at the London School of Economics. His latest book: ‘German Europe’ (Polity Press, 2013).

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