Étienne Balibar reflects on two "radically incompatible" possibilities for Europe's future: neoliberalism and inevitable disintegration, or a democratic alternative that "gives a new meaning to European federalism". This interview was originally published in the July 2015 issue of ContreTemps. Translated by David Broder
'The more the state is disarmed, the more it has to show off its voluntarism'. The illegitimate and illegal French blockade at the Italian border reveals the anxiety of a Europe that has surrendered its sovereignty to finance capital, writes Christian Salmon, 20 June. Translated from the French by David Broder.
Migrants use their survival coverings to shelter from the rain on the French-Italian border
In the second of our blog posts to mark ten years since the 7/7 bombings, we bring you an extract from The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani, a powerful critique of the surveillance and prosecution of Muslims the UK and US since in the wake of 9/11 and 7/7 terror attacks.
In this passage, Kundnani traces the formation of a globalised, politicised branch of Islam in the UK, shaped in large part by the endemic racism experienced by Muslims day-to-day. Kundnani, as with the first extract published earlier today from Tariq Ali's Rough Music, also questions why narratives of terrorist violence are detached from the wider context of Western governments’ foreign policies.
On Tuesday, Marine Le Pen, leader of France's Front National, announced the formation of a far-right bloc in the European Parliament, bringing together 36 lawmakers from seven countries. Christian Salmon examines the symbolic play that has earned Le Pen her particular brand of reasonableness, including her relationship with her "comic devil" father, founder of the Front National. Translated by David Broder; visit Libération to read the article in French.
French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and her father, the party’s founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Image
For Frédéric Lordon, author of Willing Slaves of Capital, the current Greek experience offers a 'categorical riposte' to those sympathetic to the idea of a democratic Europe, and demands we address the foreseeable cooperation between big capital and the far Right.
This text is an extended version of the talk Lordon gave at the Rencontres du Monde Diplomatique conference on 'Europe’s existential choices', held at the École Normale Supérieure on 22 and 23 May 2015. Translated by David Broder. Visit Le Monde Diplomatique to read the original article in French.