‘European Idenity’ by André Postema i.c.w. AEGEE-Groningen
18 February at 20:00 - 22:00
In honour of AEGEE-Groningen’s Europe week, we will jointly organise a lecture with a European theme!
In the wake of Brexit, the ‘rebellion’ by the Italian and Hungarian governments against the EU, and a general wave of Euroscepticism, the debate surrounding the European Union has changed from one of practicality to one of value. Instead of solely focussing on the economic, migrational, or security aspect of the European Union, some argue that the function and legitimacy of the EU is based on something deeper: a shared European Identity. According to them, the basis of the European Union should be a shared sense of identity, instead of economic and security gain, as is the basis of contemporary European nation-states. However, does this identity exist, can it even exist? What would this identity look like, and do people actually have a feeling for a European identity?
André Postema is a member of the Dutch Senate for the Labour Party and former President of the BeNeLux Parliament. He studied history and economics at Leiden University, Groningen State University, New Mexico State University, and the Harvard Business School. He was previously employed at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Investment Bank and as vice-president for Ernst & Young /Capgemini. From 2005 until 2014 he was CFO and vice-chairman of the board of Maastricht University.
This event is free and open for everyone.