How Important Is the East-West Divide in Europe?

Conference in English with simultaneous translation into French.

Europe is a complicated maze with many fault lines and internal divisions. This introductory lecture focuses on several of the faults lines in today’s Europe: the North-South Divide; the Density Divide (gap in cultural values and electoral preferences between people living in Europe’s metropolitan areas and the rural areas); and the Generation Divide. It argues that while bridging all those divides is critically important for the future of the EU, it is the East-West divide that will have most importance for the preservation of the Union as a liberal-democratic space.