Volume 6 Issue 2
From the Editor
Even Petrarch, alleged founder of European Humanities when he unearthed the Cicero speeches, would have been proud, when the unknown first novel, The Sentinel, was brilliantly unearthed and edited by Kathy Laing last year and published by Legenda, the EHRC imprint.
Like analysis in an individual life, an election can be an act of introspection, and perhaps even a orm of therapy. Certainly it is an opportunity for a society to thrash out the answers to such questions as: What sort of people are we? What sort of people do we want to be? What are our priorities? Are we happy about what has happened in our recent past? Do we contemplate our immediate future with confidence? Is it time, on the contrary, for a new start? Should we ‚'throw the rascals out'? Or is it a time for, in nautical idiom, ‚'steady as she goes'?
The Roy Jenkins Memorial Fund was founded in 2003, to create scholarships to bring students from the countries of the European Union to study at the University of Oxford, and now also to support Oxford
students going on to further study in Europe.
Current differences between Europe and the United States have raised the question of whether Europeanisation and Americanisation are different, even rival projects, in terms of what they propose in terms of society, law, culture, welfare, capitalism and, of course, international relations.
That was the view of Wim Duisenberg, former President of the European Central Bank, expressed at a one-day symposium on Europe: Shaping the Future, organised, with Europaeum backing, at Leiden University in June.
My first international meeting about Turkey and Europe was in Brussels a good many years ago; it was organized not by the EU, but by the EEC. We had serious discussions of such diverse matters as Ottoman history, GNP, agriculture, the military and so on. In the final session, the chairman, an EEC official, put an end to our debating by calmly saying, "Europe is a Christian community.
Dr Yavlinsky, Chairman of the Yabloko Party, argued that President Putin had embarked on a political programme that was in effect "the opposite of whatever Gorbachev did" and was bent on isolating Russia to reduce lilberal political influences. He was Russia's Pinochet, he claimed.
Debates about Islam in Europe have gained significance mainly through the enlargement of the European Union, as southern borders expand towards Muslim states. Islam in Europe is also a hot topic due to discussion surrounding the possible accession of Turkey to the EU, and increasing migration of Muslims to Europe.
For centuries, Islam has challenged European ways of thinking and thus was the ideal debate for this year's Europaeum summer school.
History of course remains popular in television documentaries and through books, but for too many it has become a question of retrieving data and facts from the Internet or interacting with CD Roms.