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
Perhaps one day historians will look at the bomb crater left behind by last week’s suicide attack on the Turkish-Syrian border town of Suruc, which left 32- left-wing students dead, and consider it a turning point in what is benignly referred to as ‘international relations’.
Alexis Tsipras won the battle on a question of principle - the need for a new Europe - even if he lost the war that ensued. What are the implications for the Greek left and for Europe? The following article, by Etienne Balibar, Sandro Mezzadra and Frieder Otto Wolf, was originally published on OpenDemocracy, 20 July 2015.