Europe stands at a crossroads. Various crises have put the debate on the future direction of the European Union to the forefront. Participants to this debate are inclined to take an extreme position: super-state or nation-state, Europhilia or Europhobia. In a Christian political view of the EU, we neither need to cling to the nation-state nor slide towards Eurocentralism. There is an alternative. This book offers a positive critical view of the EU. This view combines the importance of integration with the attachment to the cultural diversity between the member states. The point is to find the proper balance between unity and diversity. Let united in diversity precisely be the official motto of the EU. This book calls European leaders to really act in accordance with this motto, so that the EU may look forward to a flourishing and hopeful future.
Sander Luitwieler (Ph.D.) studied Political Science at Leiden University, the Netherlands. During his studies, and as a Ph.D. student, he specialised in European Union politics. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. from Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2012, he completed an M.A. in Christian Studies of Science and Society at VU University Amsterdam. His research interests include Christian philosophy, relational thinking and the European Union. In addition to several academic publications, he has written a number of reports for the Research Institute of the Dutch political party ChristianUnion and for Sallux. He is currently Director of the Foundation for Christian Philosophy and of the Lindeboom Institute (for medical ethics), both based in the Netherlands.
Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: The contribution of traditions to European culture; Chapter 3: The values of Europe; Chapter 4: Public justice; Chapter 5: Globalisation and European integration; Chapter 6: The distinct nature of the EU; Chapter 7: Public justice in the EU; Chapter 8: Conclusions and reflections;