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Brussels – Debate on the walls of the new Europe

Tomorrow’s second meeting of the cycle of lectures “L’Europa e l’Altro” (L’Europe et l’Autre) will focus on ‘The walls of the new Europe’.  Henry Laurens from the College de France, Michel Foucher from the College d’Eudes Mondiales will hold the debate and Luigi Mascilli Migliorini, from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, will moderate it. The organizers emphasized that “Europe was born from the fall of a wall, and it is now building new walls. Not only is a wall insufficient to keep others out, but it also signifies a refusal to open up to new and different realities. And since Europe has heralded ‘universality’ as one of its fundamental values, raising barriers undermines its deep-rooted identity.”

“L’Europe et l’Autre”

The meeting is one of four events organised by the Italian Institute of Culture with Bozar, the Fine Arts Center that hosts these lectures. These discussions aim to examine Europe’s difficult inclusion in a globalised world. “The debates have been designed around an ‘identity-otherness’ axis, being convince that only by analysing one’s relationship with others, will we, as Europeans, be capable of defining what we have become and what we could become in the future,” said the organisers.