Conversations for the Future of Europe
In the fourth and final instalment of the Conversations for the Future of Europe series, Brigid Laffan will introduce speakers Miguel Maduro, Mattias Kumm and Jakob Kapeller as they discuss to which extent should the EU be funded by its own genuine resources (‘EU taxes’) or continue to be funded mostly by transfers from national budgets.
Speaker: Miguel Maduro
Discussants: Jakob Kepeller & Mattias Kumm
Conversations for the Future of Europe feature one speaker and two discussants and will take place on Zoom.
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Conversations for the Future of Europe 2021
To guide the steps of the European Union and to mobilize its citizens so as tomake such steps possible, it is not enough to analyse the past and criticize the present. It is crucial to concoct concrete proposals for a better future and to subject them to a no-nonsense, multidisciplinary discussion. The conversations for the future of Europe aim to contribute to such a discussion.
A concern for concreteness and political feasibility should be present throughout, the aim being, as in Robert Schuman’s 1950 declaration, “des réalisations concrètes” rather than vague dreams. However, this should not prevent us from bearing in mind Max Weber’s warning at the end of
Politik als Beruf : Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth that man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible. A concern for feasibility is compatible with boldness. Indeed, it may require it.