Conference organised by the Polish Academy of Sciences as part of ALLEA Series Europe on Test: Narratives of Union and Disunion

Europe is in the crucible! The ‘poly-crisis’ which hit the EU in the last decade – esp. the financial crisis threatening monetary union; the mismanagement of the mass inflow of refugees and migrants; the failure of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; Brexit; and the rise of populism and Euroscepticism – have not destroyed the European integration project. On the contrary, outside states have demonstrated their European aspirations, and the overall support for the European Union has been increasing – for now.

Indeed, there are several indications that, in the long run, the EU’s response to the current challenges might be not sufficiently effective, if only because identification of their causes has sometimes failed. One of the most neglected causes is the impact of the past as it appears in the standard narratives of the societies of EU Member States. The collective memory of nations participating in European integration is a very fragile phenomenon that can easily be exploited by short-sighted, ruthless political leaders in order to mobilize their electorates.

Core questions to be addressed in the conference series include:

  • What has held Europeans together and what is dividing them?
  • What kind of Europe do we want to create, what kind of Europeans do we want to be?
  • How does the past of European countries may affect the present and future state of Europe?

Session 1

The role of history and collective memories of the past in making the European polity
Chair: Dariusz Stola

Session 2

European identity as a key to overcoming historical tensions
Chair: Agnieszka Łada

Session 3

European interests as a shared responsibility
Chair: Maciej Kisilowski

Session 4 – Conclusions

Toward European solidarity in meeting the challenges and shaping the future
Chair: Jacek Kucharczyk


11 October 2019

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72 Nowy Świat str. 00-330 Warsaw

Polish Academy of Sciences


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Daniel Kaiser
ALLEA Policy Officer