Culture, Empire and Race in the European Project
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Hans Kundnani is an associate fellow and former Europe programme director at Chatham House, and the author of Utopia or Auschwitz; The Paradox of German Power; and Eurowhiteness, all published by Hurst. Hans writes regularly for The Observer, The Guardian, The New Statesman and Foreign Affairs, among others.
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The European Union is often seen as a cosmopolitan rejection of violent nationalism. Yet the idea of Europe has a long, problematic history—in medieval times, it was synonymous with Christianity; in the modern era, it became associated with ‘whiteness’.
Eurowhiteness exposes the EU as a vehicle for imperial amnesia. Narratives of European integration emphasise the lessons of war and the Holocaust, but not the lessons of colonial history. The EU is about power as much as peace—and civic ideas of Europe are being displaced by ethnic and cultural ones.
Since the 2015 refugee crisis, whiteness has become even more central to European identity—a troubling new turn in Europe’s long civilisational project. It is time to confront the relationship between ideas of Europe and ideas of race.
Le Grand Continent https://legrandcontinent.eu/fr/2023/09/07/contre-le-tournant-civilisationnel-de-lunion-europeenne/ "Le fantasme d’une Europe blanche et chrétienne, longtemps refoulé, est aujourd’hui en train de gagner une partie des élites continentales, même au plus haut niveau" The New Statesman C:/Users/test/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/20FQSSGE/Europes%20race%20delusions%20-%20New%20Statesman.pdf "Europe’s race delusions. Built on imperial amnesia and competing nationalisms,the EU has never been the beacon of inclusion it claims to be." - Marina Wheeler The Economist https://www.economist.com/europe/2023/08/17/having-shaken-off-nationalism-europe-risks-civilisationalism The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/aug/17/the-eurocentric-fall...