A Speech to Europe 2024: Omri Boehm

7 May 2024
Vienna, Austria
By Erste Foundation

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has had a profound impact on Europe. The vastly different responses of individual European countries are rooted in history. While German constitutional patriotism can be interpreted as an attempt to assume responsibility for the Holocaust, the self-image of countries such as France is shaped by their colonial heritage. This long-standing tension between two historically grown positions is becoming increasingly explosive in the wake of recent events in the Middle East. Otherwise unifying, history now threatens to tear the European Union apart.

In the third “Speech to Europe”, following historian Timothy Snyder and human rights activist Oleksandra Matviichuk, philosopher Omri Boehm will address the pressing questions of why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict poses a threat to European identity and how a constitutional crisis in the European Union can be averted.


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