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Europe tomorrow / Envisioning a Less Fragile, More Liberal Europe. A Dialogue with Paul Magnette and Maurizio Ferrera
This essay on the fragility of the EU’s liberal project begins where Paul Magnette and Maurizio Ferrera left off. While Magnette developed a historical narrative about what the EU is as a liberal project and Maurizio Ferrera added further philosophical grounding to that narrative, I address the question of how to build upon such a philosophically-grounded historical narrative in order to construct a more prospective set of ideas and discourse about the EU’s liberal project from now into the future. This requires two further strands of argumentation. The first is about how the member states actually conceive of the EU’s liberal project – that is, their ideas – and discourse about what the EU is and ought to be. The second is about how and whether the EU is able to reconcile the four differing visions member states adhere to, which brings us back to the question of how to envision what the EU is and what it could become as a liberal project. My proposal is to reconceptualise the EU as a ‘regional state’.