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Is Europe boring?


Is Europe boring?

This short, terrific offering is far from boring as speakers do battle over why the European project might indeed bore us. From dubious claims that it’s boring due to its success, to fresh insights on our deliberate exclusion since its inception, the debate gets heated. Filmed at the Battle of Ideas festival 2012 at the Barbican the range of speakers never fail to engage, providing an antidote to boredom in fact. Did it bore you? Join the debate by leaving your comments below.

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Related topics: Debates, Democracy-Brexit, Economy, Global

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Carol said:

Excellent video. I really wasn’t bored and I think the guy is wrong who says it’s boring because it’s so successful and the EU is a disaster. It’s boring because it’s about keeping people out. Do they deliberately bore us?

Mijanur said:

To summarise, I would say that prosperity and stability is the main reason why there has not been any significant, dramatic or interesting events that would make Europe look interesting. However, even during times of stability and peace there have been interesting events such as the new Europe which seems almost as if a new super state is forming whilst parts of it e.g. the UK is revolting against it. I would say that Europe isn’t boring, it depends on how deep you look inside Europe’s workings as it shows the problems that any country or continent faces when it has passed the stages of financial prosperity and peaceful stability.

Chris Craven said:

Loving this series of debates on WORLDbytes; it really pays to watch all of these shorter debates, it has crystallised a lot of my thinking. From these debates I am a fan of Bruno Waterfields (and to Petra below, read some of his articles). He busts the myth of the EU’s foundation and reason for being and reminded me, as did others on the panel, how much European leaders don’t want me involved nor do they want the messy world of politics. For that, they have to go.

Petra said:

Excuse my ignorance but I would like to understand more about why the EU was set up, I get the thing about German reunification but that is later. All the time we hear the EU has kept the peace and stopped another world war-I have my doubts but that is not based on really understanding just cynicism which is probably not healthy. Can anyone point me to a good artical or something on this?

Julia Stevens said:

I was disgusted at the awarding of the peace prize I think the EU has helped degrade politics and has certainly not brought us together only the elites in a private talking shop who think of the masses as a nuisance. The EU has also done some terrible stuff – fuelling war in former Yugoslavia for example-hardly peace prize stuff. The EU is not boring it is infuriating.

Aziz said:

This is good, whole seies are in fact, I found that other one you did on the streets full of insights too, I think I now consider myself pro European but anti EU which I hadn’t really thought you could be before. The rise of the technocarats really worries me and I think Garton Ash is completely wrong with his dialectic of boredom stuff.but I think he is quite typical. I like the points the woman makes we certainly wouldn’t be prepared to die for the EU- or straight cucumbers!

John Howard said:

Great not boring at all and agree that our exclusion is key to why we are bored by EU, they want us to be bored, disinterested surely so as not to raise questions-challenge them. I do think EU has to be abolished and we have to campaign afresh for a genuine European outlook, one that unites us without undermining national sovereignty, is that doable though?

Randolph Ferry said:

EU technocrats tell us Europe is boring so that we do as we have been allotted to do and keep out of their project – anti-democratic bunch they are.