The recent sequence of crisis in/of Europe suggests that every crisis produces Europeanness anew. In the midst of the sovereign debt crisis in Greece in the summer of 2015, now so powerfully overshadowed by the migration/refugee crisis, Greek Europeanness came to be questioned, because Greece refused to behave like a responsible economic subject. Instead of willingly tightening belts, cutting the state budget and restructuring debt, Greece’s left-leaning politicians and citizens protested the austerity measures proposed by European and international financial institutions. The measure of Europeanness that emerged in the midst of the crisis was not formal membership in European political institutions, but morally infused economic conduct.
Read the associated COMPAS blog entry: Refugee crisis, compassion and Eastern Europe
Dzenovska, D (2016) Eastern Europe, the Moral Subject of the Migration/Refugee Crisis, and Political Futures posted on Europe at a Crossroads, Near Futures Online, Issue no. 1