Claus Leggewie

Claus Leggewie, director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (Germany), gave one of the key note speeches on "The crisis of the European project and the transformation in North Africa: Perspectives for democracy and citizenship education".

Regarding the European crisis, he stated, that there is an urgent need to renew the European project in establishing a federalism from below and a viable European civil society. He demanded a strong European core surrounded by lively peripheries which would lead to the EU being able to report back as a global player. Europe could then represent a genuine political alternative in times of change and transformation in other parts of the world. At the same time it will be necessary, he argued, to abandon the distorted picture that exists in the European mindset of the Mediterranean as a zone of danger and threat to democracy and stability.

A short summary of his keynote can be seen in the interview below.

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