A talk by Anthony Barnett, founder of openDemocracy.
As far-right nationalist populism is set to make historic gains in the coming elections to the European Parliament, there is little evidence of a growing ‘European demos’. Yet from the heart of Brexit a new kind of commitment to Europe is being born.
On March 23, London witnessed a million strong demonstration - the biggest manifestation of support for membership of the European Union in the history of the continent. At the start of this month only 14% of Brits between 18 and 24 supported the UK crashing out the EU while 68% of those over 65 did so, which must be one of the largest political 'generation gaps' on record.
In this informal talk, Anthony Barnett discusses what it means to be an English European and how a new kind of national identity may be emerging in the old continent.
Anthony Barnett is the founder of openDemocracy. For his most recent articles on Brexit and other issues see here.
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Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2019