ECF's 2008-2012 four-year plan focused on “Narratives for Europe”, built on our previous themes of “Diversity, the Power of Culture” (2005-2008) and the “Enlargement of Minds” (2002-2004). Narratives for Europe set out to rise to the challenge that Europe needs new narratives. There is an increasing gap between people and the project Europe that must urgently be bridged. We have not been seeking a “mega” or singular narrative, but instead strive to gather, weave together, share and amplify the many new narratives that are being written all around us, every day.
Are there emerging European Narratives
– new visions – that can connect people across Europe? What’s Europe’s position in today’s global world? What will be its future role? These are the type of questions ECF has been exploring and putting forward for debate through Narratives for Europe.
ECF has invited thinkers and activists from Europe and beyond:
- to share their thoughts and observations…
- to juxtapose, compare, dare, contemplate, open new perspectives, provide food for thought…
- to build Narratives for Europe.
These opinions, analyses and exchange were made around four main topics:
- Historical taboos
Certain issues still sit heavy in Europe’s stomach. Our contributors spotted among others: WWII, racism and freedom of expression. Are there ways we can aid the digestion?
- Flirting with stereotypes
An emotional (and potentially violent) Balkan walks into a café where there’s an uptight German (still flirting with certain WWII ideologies). Go ahead: scratch that wound!
- Labour force / humans
Europe has seen centuries of migration and mixing of cultures. Here, we take on Max Frisch's quote: “Wir Riefen Arbeitskräfte und es Kamen Menschen.” /‘We called upon the labour force and the people came.’
- Next Generation Please!
he EU apparatchik is often seen as an administrative monster happily gorging on all of our hard-earned national budgets. Is it time for Brussels to get a make-over?