Karsten Alnæs: Europe should relax and forget about global influence

Historian Karsten Alnæs has urged Europe to “relax” and accept that its period of great power has come to an end.

Inaugurating a debate series organised by the Council of Europe and l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the Norwegian historian, broadcaster, novelist and journalist said: “I think Europeans should relax in order to be great again.

“They should not try to increase their global or international influence. They should accept that the great period of European power is over.

“I think they have to accept it. There is no other way.”

The ‘History of Europe’ author (photo) also set out his vision of the region’s future. “Europe has to live with diversity and accept diversity in languages and perhaps in currencies too. The new situation in Europe will create a new identity which will have contributions from the new settlers in Europe.”

The Essential

Speech : European identity by Karsten ALNAES

Video: Karsten Alnæs on European identity

Poster: Inaugural debate on European identity

News: Thorbjørn Jagland – Migration, demography and Europe’s destiny

Podcast: Wolfgang Schäuble – Closer integration is the way out of the Eurozone crisis

Information: History week – The Norwegian classroom

Podcast: Live from the Dublin Intercultural Cities conference

Article: Can interculturalism succeed where multiculturalism has failed?

Podcast: Europe, immigration and the end of the “multi-kulti” project

Podcast: Migration 2013 – View from Barcelona

News: Dublin conference to discuss impact of ‘interculturalism

Podcast: The challenge of diversity

Information: Governance and policies for diverse communities

Conference: Equal access for Europe’s minority language speakers

News: Assembly – Europe must show greater solidarity with Greece over migrants

Podcast: Censorship, human rights and the campaign against online hate speech

Podcast: Tackling police racism

Podcast: The Last Rites For Multiculturalism?

Podcast: Europe’s Identity Crisis

Comments are closed.